Sunday, October 7

Chicago

The main article on the front page of the New York Times, as I type this:

Death, Havoc and Heat Mar Chicago Race

CHICAGO, Oct. 7 — As temperatures soared into the upper 80s, hundreds of runners in the Chicago marathon fell ill and at least one died on Sunday, prompting officials here to halt the annual race for the first time in its 30-year history.

As runners set off at 8 a.m., temperatures were in the 70s — warm for a fall day in Chicago but not unheard of — and organizers said they had anticipated a normal race day. But as the morning went on, temperatures kept rising, and calls began pouring in: Some runners were telephoning 911; others were flooding into the 15 aid stations along the course; still more were reporting that there was not enough water or Gatorade or even cups along the course.

By 11:30 a.m., race officials, who were consulting with city fire officials, medical experts and the police, stopped the run, setting off waves of confusion and chaos in some parts of the course.

2 Comments:

Blogger R said...

I saw on the news this morning that the guy who died didn't actually die because of the heat--he had an undiagnosed heart condition. But the 250+ people in the aid stations were probably mostly there because of the heat.

They also said that because some of the water stations ran out of water, Chicago's chances of hosting the Olympics in 2016 might be hurt. Did anyone else hear that, or was CNN speculating?

October 09, 2007 2:40 PM  
Blogger bl said...

I also heard that. But it was mostly journalists speculating on tv and all around me.

October 10, 2007 1:51 PM  

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