A runner died and 16 others were injured – five of them seriously – during Brooklyn Half Marathon, in New York, USA, this Saturday. According to the New York Post, an unidentified 30-year-old man had a heart attack at the end of the race and couldn’t resist.
The man was rescued after fainting on the street and taken to Coney Island Hospital around 9 a.m., where he died. The expert has not yet officially announced the cause of the runner’s death.
In a statement, the New York Road Runners Group, the group that organizes the half marathon, said “the health and safety of runners, volunteers, partners and employees remains a top priority” for the group.
“In coordination and consultation with city agency partners and weather experts, NYRR has been closely monitoring weather conditions leading up to and during the race,” he concluded.
According to the “Fox” announcer, the thermometers during the race reached 21 degrees, a temperature considered high by local standards. Local authorities believe that most of the 16 people who contracted the disease were caused by the heat. According to a police officer, four people lost consciousness near the finish line.
About 22,000 people participated in the Brooklyn Half Marathon, the first since the start of the pandemic. In total, the runners who reach the finish line travel about 20 kilometers.
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