Berhane Adere wins the 30th Chicago Marathon Where Heat leaves One dead, 250 hospitalized – By VOA News

October 8th, 2007 Print Print Email Email

One runner in the Chicago Marathon died and hundreds of others needed medical help during a race Sunday in unseasonable heat and high humidity. (more…)

One runner in the Chicago Marathon died and hundreds of others needed medical help during a race Sunday in unseasonable heat and high humidity.

Organizers stopped the event three-and-a-half hours into the race because of the humidity and temperatures reaching above 31 degrees Celsius.

Organizers said they feared emergency personnel would have been overwhelmed with all the people who may have needed medical care.

A 35-year-old Michigan police officer collapsed during the run and was later pronounced dead. An autopsy is scheduled for Monday.

More than 300 runners needed medical attention, including some who were hospitalized. Television footage showed exhausted runners being treated.

Some participants said organizers did not provide enough water on the course of the 42-kilometer run.

In Arlington, Virginia, a person collapsed and died near the finish line at an Army 16-kilometer race on Sunday.

In Chicago, Kenyan runner Patrick Ivuti won the marathon in two hours, 11 minutes and 11 seconds. Berhane Adere of Ethiopia defended her title as female champion with a win in two hours, 33 minutes and 49 seconds.

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