At the 13.1 Chicago race, high heat and humidity caused 11 runners to be hospitalized and one of those, Zachary Gregory, died. Even with the organizer's warning the runners to take it easy, eventually the race was cancelled and runners were asked to make their way back to the finish area. For a race report, head over to the Running Green Girl's blog.
In happier news, Lukas Verzbicas, a national caliber runner and triathlete who attends Chicagoland's Sandburg High School, ran the 2-mile event at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon. Staying with the lead pack for 3 laps, Verzbicas hung on to set a new high school record for 2 miles. After racing in the World Youth Triathlon championships this summer, he will then focus on running collegiately for the Ducks, so his Hayward Field triumph may be the first of many.