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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DEBORAH AMOS, host:

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.

STEVE INSKEEP, host:

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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