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Spa City teacher dies during bike race

A Saratoga Springs High School teacher died as the result of an undisclosed medical condition while participating in a Spa City bike race on Sunday, May 31.

Natalia Hogan, 40, of Beekman Street in Saratoga Springs, was racing in an all-woman event of the Marshall and Sterling Racing City Grand Prix when she collapsed. Fire, police and emergency medical services responded to the corner of Grand Avenue and Walnut Street at about 3 p.m. Hogan was transported to Saratoga Hospital, where she was pronounced dead a short time later.

According to race organizer Dieter Drake, all other events except for the men's pro race had been completed at the time of Hogan's race, and the remaining event was cancelled after she fell.

It's an extremely unfortunate event for that to have happened, said Drake. "Our thoughts are with her family."

Hogan had volunteered to direct traffic earlier in the day during the other races, said Drake.

Hogan taught ninth grade English at Saratoga Springs High School, said district officials. She entered the district in 1999, initially splitting her time between the junior and high schools, before teaching the ninth grade. She also served as co-advisor to the Class of 2010.

She was well liked by both her students and peers, said High School Principal Frank Crowley.

"Natalia was an outstanding teacher who was well respected by her department and colleagues. She did a marvelous job," he said.

Biking was a hobby for Hogan, said the school district. She also enjoyed running and ice hockey.""

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