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36 Runners Taken to the Hospital as Heat Wave Hits Los Angeles Marathon

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More than 30 runners in the Los Angeles marathon were hospitalized Sunday, as a sudden heat wave swept the California city.

The race even began half an hour before its scheduled start time so runners wouldn’t bear the brunt of the brutal heat, NBC News reported.

Temperatures in L.A. hit 88ºF at their highest point, 20 degrees above the average and 3 degrees above the city record for the day set in 1978.

A total of 36 people, including a 61-year-old man who suffered a heart attack just before the end of the race, were taken to the hospital, while another 150 were treated on the sidelines.


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