Philadelphia Runners Heart Attacks
November 23, 2011 by staff
Race organizers confirmed one runner, a 21-year-old Asian male, collapsed at the finish line. Another runner, a 40-year-old white male, collapsed a quarter-mile from the finish line.
CBS Station KYW reports that both runners were taken to Hahnemann University Hospital where they were pronounced dead of apparent heart attacks.
Philadelphia Marathon Race Weekend Executive Director Melanie Johnson said, “We are deeply saddened and our thoughts are with their families and friends.”
Their identities have not been released, pending notification of relatives.
Fire officials said at least 10 others were rushed to the hospital by ambulance, and the extent of their injuries and current status is unknown.
At least 25,000 participants, along with 60,000 spectators turned out for the 18th annual race.
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