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Chicago marathon cancelled mid race?!!

Running Mommy2010-05-02 01:21:58 +0000 #1
Due to stifling heat/humidity the organizers cancelled the race 4 hours into it. Not before one man died and 250 were taken to hospital tho...

WOW! That must have been horrible. Add to the fact that they had 45,000 people running it. UGH! A logistical nightmare if you ask me.

I read one guys account of how he got to mile 16 and they made him stop. That would really suck! You go through all that training, fight the conditions, and then are forced to dnf. UGH!! He also said that they ran out of water and gatorade (or whatever the course sports drink was??). Having run NYCM the one time they ran out of gatorade, I know the feeling! But at least at NYC it was cold. That would just be a nightmare!!

I really feel for the gentleman who lost his life. Only 35 yrs old. MAN! Just horrible!

We didn't have any TE girls there did we??
KSH2010-05-02 01:33:22 +0000 #2
WOW! That is so horrible! I had a cycling buddy of mine who was training for it and ran it today. I think his goal time was under a 10 minute mile. I hope he got to finish before they pulled people off the course. I'm sure he's OK though, as he has been training in Dallas, TX through the summer heat and humidity. I hope he's OK. I'll have to send him a message and make sure.
pll2010-05-02 01:47:37 +0000 #3
KSH: You can check for your friend's name in to see if he finished.

There are two heated threads in the Chicago Tribune forum ( ). It seems to have been very chaotic with the support stations running out of water and gatorade.
Running Mommy2010-05-02 02:04:18 +0000 #4
Check out this video... WOW!!!
Zen2010-05-02 01:38:39 +0000 #5
It was grueling hot today. we had a pet adoption event and eventually I just had to take my poor foster dog in the pet store to cool off for a while.

how could this happen? It's been hot all week!
KnottedYet2010-05-02 02:01:25 +0000 #6
It sounds like the spectators were wonderful, bringing out water and garden hoses and ice for the runners after the water/gatorade stations ran out.
Wahine2010-05-02 03:34:42 +0000 #7
I don't know if this is what did that poor individual in, but all of you endurance athletes out there need to know about this. That just sucks. All those people, all that training....
Running Mommy2010-05-02 02:40:50 +0000 #8
Hyponatremia is water intoxication- too much. Sounds like these people didn't have enough. I read multiple threads from people who ran it that said the organizers are lying- there was NO or little water/gatorade from the start of the race on. Could you imagine running TEN MILES in stifling heat with NO WATER??!!

Just arm chair quarterbacking here- but my guess would be heat illness more than anything. Heat stroke comes on fast and can be deadly. Add in dehydration and you've got one deadly combination!

No idea what the poor man died from? But my guess is most people who became ill had some form of heat stress. Not good!



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