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Two Runners Die At Philadelphia Marathon

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Nov. 21, 2011
  • Updated Nov. 21, 2011 at 10:56 AM UTC

Ten other runners were rushed to the hospital by ambulance.

Two runners died at Sunday's Philadelphia Marathon. Photo: press.visitphilly.com

Most marathon finishes are places of elation and celebration, but this was not the case at the Philadelphia Marathon yesterday. Two men died of apparent heart attacks at the 26.2 mile race. One of the victims was a 21-year-old Asian male who collapsed at the finish, while the other was a 40-year-old white male who fell a quarter mile from the race’s end.

Both runners were taken to nearby Hahnemann University Hospital and pronounced dead shortly after.

Melanie Johnson, the race’s executive director expressed her grief at the news. “We are deeply saddened and our thoughts are with their family and friends,” she said. The names of the runners are being withheld pending notification of their families.

Meanwhile, ten other runners were rushed to the hospital by ambulance.

In the race itself, Mariska Kramer of the Netherlands won the women’s division in two hours, 35 minutes, and 46 seconds, while the men’s winner was Folisho Tuko in 2:19:14.

For More: Daily Mail

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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