A Dozen Fall Ill From Heat During NYC Triathlon

Monday, Jul 19, 2010  |  Updated 9:55 AM EDT
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A Dozen Fall Ill From Heat During NYC Triathlon

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NEW YORK - JULY 18: Athletes compete during the New York City Triathlon in the Hudson River on July 18, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Dario Cantatore/Getty Images)

A 31-year-old man collapsed near the finish line of the New York City triathlon and more than 10 others suffered heat related illness as thousands of racers defied the sweltering temperatures to swim, bike and run on Sunday.

Race Director Bill Burke says the London man has been hospitalized in critical condition.  He was given the all-clear and released on Monday, officials said.

Eleven other people also were hospitalized, but didn't appear to have serious injuries.

More than 3,000 people participated in Sunday's race as the heat spiked into the 90s near Central Park. Participants travel a more than 50-kilometer course.

Burke says hospital officials are trying to determine whether the London man had suffered from a heat-related illness. He was not identified by name.

There has only been one death in the race's 10-year history. In 2008, a 32-year-old man from Argentina died during the Hudson River swim.

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