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Brooklyn Half Marathon runner dies after collapsing at finish line in brutal weather


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A runner died after collapsing at the finish line of the Annual Brooklyn Half Marathon Saturday, authorities said.

The 30-year-old runner, who has not been identified, crossed the finish line and collapsed. FDNY spokesman Frank Dwyer told The Associated Press that the runner was taken to a nearby hospital and pronounced dead.

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Dwyer said at least six other runners were taken to hospital.

The 2019 Brooklyn Half Marathon passes through Grand Army Plaza.
(Steven Ryan for New York Road Runners/Getty Images)

Temperatures of 20 to 30 degrees above average were expected on the East Coast, with many areas experiencing highs in the 90s, from the Mid-Atlantic and Ohio Valley to the northeast and to New England, according to FOX Weather.

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New York’s National Weather Service issued a heat advisory for parts of the regionwith temperatures reaching the 80s and 90s. An air quality alert was also in effect for much of the region until about 11 p.m. ET.

The rider’s cause of death was not immediately known. An NYPD spokesperson told the New York Post the runner may have suffered a cardiac arrest.

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More than 22,000 runners gathered in Brooklyn for the 13.1-mile race, which started in Prospect Park and ended on the Coney Island boardwalk. This is the first time in three years that the annual event has reached full capacity.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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