Marathon runners endured the hottest day in the Chicago Marathon 30 year history for four hours before organizers shut the event down. Hundreds needed medical attention and one man died along the route.
“Chad Schieber, a 35-year-old Michigan police officer, died while running yesterday’s Chicago Marathon, which ended early for the first time in its 30-year history due to high temperatures,” according to Bloomberg news.
People who compete in marathons need to train for months to get their bodies ready to take the 26 miles; it’s not an easy task. Throw in abnormally high temperatures, and this is the disaster that can occur, even among athletes who presumably “know” their own bodies.