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Reuters, Published April 13 2014

Two runners die while competing in North Carolina half-marathon

Two runners competing in a half-marathon in Raleigh, N.C., collapsed and died Sunday, officials said.

The runners were among some 12,000 participants in the race, one in a series of half and full Rock’n’Roll marathons held across the United States and abroad but for the first time in Raleigh, said Dan Cruz, spokesman for the marathon series.

Details on the deaths were still being gathered, but one runner apparently collapsed near the finish line and the other further back on the 13.1-mile course, Cruz said.

The race continued, he said.

At least one of the runners who died was a man, but no other information was available, Cruz said.

Sunday was warm in Raleigh, with temperatures climbing into the high 70s by early afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.