Runner Dies At Chicago 13.1 Mile Marathon

Zachary Gregory's loved ones say his passing is a "shame". Photo: CBS

Zachary Gregory's loved ones say his passing is a "shame". Photo: CBS

The oppressive heat and humidity may have been partly to blame.

A 2003 high school graduate from Liberty, Indiana, Zachary Gregory, passed away this past weekend at the University of Chicago Medical Center. Gregory had been taking part in the 13.1 Mile Marathon. He was among a group of 11 runners that were all hospitalized following the race.

The conditions on Sunday had been brutal with temperatures in the 90s and high humidity. The race had begun in the morning under a “yellow flag”, which meant to advise runners that conditions were warmer than usual. Soon the the warning was upgraded to a “red flag” advisory. With the heat increasing, the event was eventually stopped after 9 a.m.

Larry Gulley, a friend of Gregory’s family in Liberty says that the runner’s passing is a “shame”.

“He was a super nice boy … you couldn’t ask for a better boy if you were going to have a son,” Gulley said. “He never caused any waves.”

Jacob Gregory, Zachary’s brother, recalls that running came naturally for Zachary. “He used to run 13 miles a day, like it was nothing,” he said.

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