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Runner dead and 15 others in hospital after ‘brutal’ half marathon in sweltering heat

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Humidity during the Brooklyn Half-Marathon reached 83% – unusually warm for this time of year. One man who died is believed to have suffered cardiac arrest while 15 others required hospital treatment

One runner died of a heart attack and another 15 people required hospital treatment as 22,000 took part in the Brooklyn Half-Marathon in muggy conditions.

During the race, which took runners from the Brooklyn Museum through Prospect Park to the Coney Island boardwalk, humidity reached 83% – unusually warm for this time of year.

According to Fox Weather, the temperature at 9 a.m. in Coney Island was already 21 °C (70 °F).

The New York Post reports that the man collapsed and died yesterday morning shortly after completing the grueling 13-mile race.

The man has not yet been identified.

The man is believed to have possibly gone into cardiac arrest around 9 a.m. and was taken to Coney Island Hospital, where he was pronounced dead, according to the New York City Police Department (NYPD).

A police officer said four other people collapsed towards the end. “Maybe an organizer or a health official should have called,” the officer said.

One participant also died in the race in 2014.

“The health and safety of our runners, volunteers, partners and employees remains a top priority for NYRR. In coordination and consultation with city agency partners and weather experts, NYRR closely monitored weather conditions leading up to and during the race,” the group said in a statement.

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John Peterson, 26, said he’s run the Brooklyn Half Marathon several times but Saturday was the hottest and most grueling he’s ever experienced.

“You have to be aware of the limits of your own body. Sometimes you want to try and push yourself,” he said.

“And it’s horrible that sometimes you push yourself too far and something like this happens.”

Anamaria Flores, 42, of Howard Beach said the race was strenuous and she had to walk the final leg. “It was brutal,” she said.

New York Road Runners said it had “medical personnel deployed throughout the course from start to finish, ready to respond immediately to the medical needs of all runners, spectators, volunteers and staff.”

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