Heat Mars Weekend Marathons, Two Die

Record-breaking hot weather forced a halt to the Chicago Marathon Sunday; one runner collapsed and died at the race, while dozens of others went to the hospital. A runner also died at a marathon outside Washington, D.C., where temperatures reached 90 degrees Sunday.

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In a different climate, participants in the Chicago Marathon might have run all day. That wasn't considered safe on Sunday as hot weather stopped the race. One runner, a Michigan police officer collapsed and died, and dozens went to the hospital.


Chicago normally expects crisp weather in the fall, and the highest temperature ever recorded for the marathon was 84 degrees back in 1979. That record was broken before 10:00 o'clock in the morning yesterday. And by 11:30, officials declared the race was over.

The weather also affected a race outside Washington, D.C.; that's where a runner died in muggy weather near the Pentagon during the race known as the Army 10-Miler.

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