Man dies after running half-marathon
Police said a 22-year-old man died Saturday after being
“overcome by heat” running a half-marathon in Chicago, the Chicago
Zachary Gregory, a Chicago resident and licensed physical
therapist, apparently collapsed during the race and officials said
he later died at the University of Chicago Medical Center, the
Chicago Tribune reported.
The temperatures, which the National Weather Service said
reached as high as 86F on the morning of the race, sent 10 other
runners in the 13.1-mile event to local hospitals.
Runners were advised of the dangerous heat before the start of
the race and aid stations with medical personnel were set up along
the route, but organizers eventually canceled the race before all
the participants had finished.
The race started at 7:13am local time under a yellow flag,
meaning the heat index was at a point where runners should pace
themselves and drink lots of water.
At 8:15am a red flag was issued, turning off the clocks so
runners know there was no rush to finish, and the race was canceled
an hour later.
Experienced runner Tim Ragones, 32, told the Tribune that race
organizers provided ample water and sports drinks to competitors at
stations along the route.
“If you were prepared for it, you were going to be OK,” Ragones
said of the conditions.
“I drank probably gallons of water [during the race].”