New York half marathon leaves 1 dead, 15 hospitalised amid unfavourable weather

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Xinhua News

23rd May 2022 – (New York) One runner of Brooklyn Half Marathon in New York City died after passing the finish line while 15 others were hospitalised on Saturday amid unseasonably hot weather, according to local media reports.

A 32-year-old female runner collapsed on the pavement after crossing the finish line and was pronounced dead at a local hospital on Saturday morning, according to the Fire Department of New York City (FDNY).

Moreover, 15 runners were transported to local hospitals and at least four of them were in serious conditions, the FDNY said.

Racers need to run 13.1 miles (around 21,082 meters) to finish the half marathon and the organizer estimated that over 20,000 people joined the race.

Portions of northeast New Jersey, southern Connecticut and southeast New York are baked in high temperatures and high humidity on the weekend, according to the National Weather Service.

“Today might feel even hotter than yesterday, NYC! Limit your time outside, drink plenty of water and check on your neighbors,” said the NYC Mayor’s Office via social media on Sunday.

The highest temperature in New York City topped 30 Celsius degrees on both Saturday and Sunday and is expected to cool down on Sunday evening. 

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