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

Sun-Times reported.

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].”


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