Heat Mars Weekend Marathons, Two Die
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.