Published: Sunday, February 13, 2011, 1:15 PM Updated: Monday, February 14, 2011, 9:12 AM

By Katie Urbaszewski, The Times-Picayune

During Sunday’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Mardi Gras Marathon, a 54-year-old man collapsed along the route on Esplanade Avenue, said New Orleans Emergency Medical Services spokesman Jeb Tate.

MATTHEW HINTON / THE TIMES-PICAYUNE Runners start the Rock ‘n’ Roll Mardi Gras marathon and half marathon Sunday February 13, 2010 at Race Street and Tchoupitoulas Street.

Tate said EMS arrived to find bystanders preforming CPR, and the runner regained a pulse and started breathing on his own through the efforts of bystanders and EMS paramedics.

The runner was transported to a local hospital. The cause of his collapse is unknown at this time, Tate said.

“There’s no better place to have an emergency medical situation than during a marathon because of the amount of medical personnel positioned along the run,” said the marathon’s spokesman Dan Cruz, who said he heard that the man had recovered enough to talk.