Marathons and Half-Marathons usually consist of very good runners. Typically, athletes that participate in these races are in the best shape of their lives. However, what happens when weather conditions makes it more difficult for participants to compete?
In the recent case of a Brooklyn Half-Marathon, one runner died and 15 others were taken to an area hospital after unusually warm and humid conditions hit the NYC area. Four of the injuries were deemed to be serious, eight were non-life-threatening and four were minor. One person refused medical treatment.
The runner who passed away was a 30-year-old man who collapsed just after passing the finish line. The marathoner was found to be unconscious, lying on the pavement, just before 9 a.m. in Brooklyn’s Brighton Beach neighborhood. He immediately received medical attention from on-site medical staff before being transported to Coney Island Hospital. He was pronounced dead about an hour later.
It wasn’t immediately clear whether his death or the other injuries were directly related to the heat or humidity. However, the event took place on the same day that officials issued a heat advisory for the New York City area. The temperatures for the majority of the race were in the 60s and low 70s. It was later in the day when the temperatures reached the 90s. The incident took place when, for the first time in at least 16 years, a heat advisory was issued in the month of May.
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