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3 runners die in Detroit

A HALF-MARATHONER and two other runners died during the Detroit marathon on Sunday.

Daniel Langdon, 36, of Laingsburg, collapsed at about 9:02am between the 17 and 19 kilometers markers, said Rich Harshbarger, vice president of consumer marketing for the Detroit Media Partnership.

Rick Brown, 65, of Marietta, Ohio, collapsed at 9:17am, near where Langdon went down, and 26-year-old Jon Fenlon of Waterford collapsed at about 9:18am, just after finishing the half-marathon in 1:53:37, Harshbarger said. It was unclear whether Brown and Langdon were participating in the 21-kilometer half marathon or the full race.

Harshbarger said that there were at least six medical stations on the race course and that emergency personnel were on the scene within seconds.

Every runner must sign a medical release form and they are encouraged to talk to their doctors before they run the race, he said.

The temperature was about 28 degrees when the marathon started and had risen to 41 degrees by 10am.


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