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Baltimore Marathon Death: 23-year-old Boston man collapses near race finish

Posted Oct 12 2009 10:00pm

  Baltimore A 23-year-old man from Boston collapsed at the 25th-mile marker of the Baltimore Marathon.

The man was taken to the hospital with a a core body temperature of 107 or 108 degrees and was pronounced dead a few hours later.

The local medical examiner is scheduled to perform the autopsy today to try to determine the cause of death.

" We are heartbroken about it and it puts a sad note on an otherwise great day for Baltimore," said Lee Corrigan, the event organizer. " Our hearts go out to him and his family," he added.

This is the second time a runner has died in the race' s nine-year history. A brain aneurysm apparently claimed the life of a participant in the first year of the race, Corrigan said.

It is very uncommon for runners to die during a marathon---some studies have suggested a rate 1 death per 50,000 runners.

This marks the second weekend of deadly running.

Last weekend two runners died at the recent Rock ' n' Roll Half Marathon in San Jose.

Click HERE to watch an interview with a witness who talks about the runners collapse.

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