1 dead, 5 others hospitalized during Brooklyn half-marathon as heat and humidity rise

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NEW YORK — A 30-year-old runner collapsed at the finish line of the Brooklyn half-marathon and later died on a sticky Saturday morning, authorities said.

Five other runners were treated for assorted injuries at Coney Island Hospital after the annual 13.1-mile run from the Brooklyn Museum to the Coney Island Boardwalk, authorities said, with a sixth runner refusing medical attention along the route.

The unidentified dead man, who passed away at the same hospital, became the second runner to die during the race since 2014 when he went down after finishing the run on a morning when the humidity hit 74% with temperatures in the 70s.

The New York Road Runners website had warned of high heat and humidity before the race that began at 7 a.m., the first time the Brooklyn event went off in three years.

An air quality alert was also issued by the National Weather Service beginning a few hours after the run began.