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A 30-year-old runner died and 15 others were taken to hospital after the Brooklyn Half Marathon

One runner died and 15 others were taken to hospital during the Brooklyn Half Marathon on Saturday, May 21, 2022.YouTube/CBS New York

  • A 30-year-old man collapsed and died after crossing the finish line of the Brooklyn Half Marathon.

  • FDNY told Insider that 15 other people were taken to the hospital, 4 of whom were seriously injured.

  • It was the hottest weekend of the year so far in New York and conditions were unusually humid.

One runner died and 15 others were taken to hospital after running the Brooklyn Half Marathon on Saturday in unusually hot and humid conditions, city officials said.

An FDNY spokesperson told Insider in a statement Saturday night that four of the injuries were serious, eight were non-life threatening and four were minor. One person refused medical treatment, the spokesperson said.

The deceased runner was a 30-year-old man who collapsed just after crossing the finish line, The New York Times reported.

It was not immediately clear whether his death or the other injuries were directly related to heat or humidity. The event took place on the same day that officials released a heat advisory for the New York area. A air quality alert was also in effect.

For the majority of the race, which started at 7 a.m., temperatures were in the low 60s to low 70s. Later in the day, temperatures hit the 90s. Saturday was until present the hottest day of the year in New York and it was the first time in at least 16 years that a heat advisory was issued in May.

The 13.1-mile half-marathon course took participants from the Brooklyn Museum, through Prospect Park and to Ocean Parkway, before ending at Coney Island.

The New York Road Runners, who hosted the half marathon, had set up medical aid stations along the course, including at the finish line, where the 30-year-old runner was treated before being transported to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.

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