The Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that a 22-year old man died while running the 13.1 Chicago Half Marathon on Saturday in Chicago.
The weather reached the mid 80’s towards the end. Temperatures for the race started at 79 and rose to around 86. The race provided over 10 water stations along the course.
The race started under a yellow flag ‘be cautious, drink water, and pace yourself,’ before turning to a red flag ‘where clocks were turned off,’ before the race was black flagged ‘race cancelled.’
11 runners were taken to local hospitals due to heat related problems.
The Chicago Marathon faced similar issues a couple of years back when that race was also black flagged. Organizers for that race where ill-prepared and didn’t provide nearly enough water for racers that day.
Our condolences go out to the friends and family of the runner!