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Runner dies near finish line of Des Moines race

June 1, 2019

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Officials say a runner died near the finish line of a race from Saylorville Dam to downtown Des Moines.

Des Moines Fire Department officials say a 26-year-old man died Saturday morning near the finish line of the 12.4-mile race.

Officials didn’t release details about how the man died or release his identity.

Michael Zimmerman, a race organizer, released a statement saying, “On behalf of all of those that ran today and the entire running community, we are heartbroken about the loss of a fellow athlete. Our heartfelt condolences are with this athlete’s family and friends.”

More than 3,000 people ran in the race.

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