A 30-year-old man died near the finish line of the RBC Brooklyn Half Marathon on Saturday as the Northeast swelters in 100F degree weather, the hottest May day ever recorded in the region.
The runner, who has yet to be identified, collapsed shortly before 9 a.m. close to the finish line in Coney Island as temperatures soared from below 60F at dawn to nearly 80 degrees by morning, with New York City expected to see a high of 93F on Saturday, the New York Times reported.
He and five other runners participating in the 13.1 mile race were hospitalized and taken to Coney Island Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Three of the other runners were listed in serious condition, while the remaining two were reported with minor injuries, the New York Fire Department said.
While race organizers warned participants of the heat advisory in place for New York, the first one in 16 years, it is not yet clear if the heat led to the death and injuries, officials said.
Saturday’s heatwave is forecasted to persist into Sunday and then subside following thunderstorms, with temperatures returning to normal by Monday.
Paramedics made their way through a crowd of runners at the RBC Brooklyn Half Marathon on Saturday after a man died near the finish line and five others were hospitalized
It cames the Tri-State area faces a heatwave, causing temperatures to soar to nearly 100F
The 30-year-old runner collapsed just a few blocks away from the finishing
Some runners required a wheelchair to get around after the marathon amid the crueling heat
The death at today’s Brooklyn Half Marathon was the first time since 2014 where a participant in a half-marathon died in the city.
New York Mayor Eric Adams had also issued a warning about Saturday’s heat, saying beaches are still closed and asking residents to check up on neighbors.
It comes as a heatwave travels through the East Coast, bringing record-breaking May weather that caused the National Weather Service (NWS) to issue heat advisories to more than 35 million people across multiple states.
One such area was Richmond, Virginia, where temperatures rose to a record-breaking 94F as the city holds its annual Boulder Bash, rock climbing tournament.
Temperatures are forecasted to remain at 94F by the time the competition’s finals are set tot begin at 5 p.m. EST.
Triple-figure temperatures could be recorded in New Jersey Saturday afternoon, with Newark and Trenton forecasted to hit a May record-breaking 95F and 97 F, respectively.
Philadelphia is forecasted to match its all-time high 95F degree record on Saturday, with temperatures that will persist until the evening.
The same record-breaking temperature was predicted for Baltimore, where the extra humidity will make it feel like 100F, the NWS warned.
Temperatures in Baltimore are forecasted to drop to 90F by sundown, when the 147th Preakness Stakes are scheduled to take place.
Of the five others injured in the marathon, three were reported in serious condition
The incidents came as New York City was issued its first May heat advisory in 16 years
Saturday’s death marks the first time since 2014 that someone has died in a New York City half-marathon since a 31-year-old man collapsed after crossing the finish line
While temperatures in Virginia, Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York are expected to drop following thunderstorms on Sunday, the heatwave is forecasted to carry on into New England.
Boston is expected to see a high of 96F on Sunday afternoon, nearly shattering an all-time high May record of 97F set back in 1880.
Matthew Belk, a meteorologist at the NWS office in Boston, said the heat was coming sooner than usual to the Northeast as Boston usually sees 90F by June.
‘We’re definitely a little bit ahead of schedule,’ he told CNN