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10/08/2007 02:44 AM ID: 65484 Permalink   

Chicago Marathon Cancelled After 1 Dies And 302 Go To The Hospital


Record-setting temperatures in Chicago on Sunday brought the 30th LaSalle Bank Chicago Marathon to a close prematurely after one runner collapsed and died, and 302 others were taken to the hospital to be treated for conditions related to the heat.

It was the hottest in the marathon's history, hitting 88ºF/31ºC. Of the 24,931 that participated, 4,000 finished before it was shut down at 11:30 am, 3.5 hours after it started. Firefighters hosed down runners and made an announcement over a PA.

Runners who crossed the halfway point when the decision to stop due to slow finishing times were allowed to finish. One runner, a teacher of 70, said she didn't like dropping out but knew "when to take a recess," running in 17 marathons since age 60.

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This is the first time we've had the AC on in October. It's supposed to cool down tomorrow though.
  by: fballer23   10/08/2007 04:44 AM     
  Where's all the wind in the windy city!?  
  by: Zmethod     10/08/2007 04:50 AM     
  It was a very hot day...  
and for Chicagoans this can kill as much as a little frost can kill Houstonians.

I was outside trying to take down our trampoline... within a couple of minutes, i was covered in sweat... can't imagine running a marathon in that weather.
  by: mexicanrevolution   10/08/2007 07:11 PM     
my aunt and her girlfriend run marathons, and the both of them were there. my aunt said the city was threatening people with lawsuits if they RAN across the finish line.
  by: elijah4twenty     10/08/2007 07:24 PM     
  it's insane  
this heat. I can't wait until tomorrow when it gets down to 70 where it's supposed to be. Our lows have been what our highs are supposed to be. I think they said that professionals (docs?) were saying to NOT run.
  by: NoTalentAssclown     10/08/2007 07:25 PM     


Run for your lives!
  by: psycobob     10/09/2007 09:33 PM     
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