Two die near finish line of Raleigh half marathon


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RALEIGH, N.C. – Two people died during the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Sunday morning in downtown Raleigh, according to race organizers.

The identities of the victims have not been released. Both were treated near the finish line and taken to area hospitals where they were pronounced dead, according to WRAL-TV.

The victims were reportedly both men, one 35 and the other 31.

The following is a statement from Dr. P.Z. Pearce, the event’s medical director:

“We regret to confirm that two participants passed away at today’s half-marathon. We are greatly saddened by these tragic losses and our prayers go out to the each of the runner’s family and friends. We have spoken with each of the families and they have asked everyone to kindly respect their privacy during this most difficult of times.”

No other information was immediately available.

More than 12,000 runners from around the world participated in the race, according to WTVD-TV. The event was a marathon and half-marathon.

Temperatures for the race started in the 60s but moved into the 70s later in the morning.

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