- Associated Press - Monday, April 14, 2014

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Two runners died near the finish line of a half marathon in Raleigh on Sunday.

Race organizers said the men’s deaths in the 13-mile race appear to be from natural causes. More than 12,000 runners took part in either the half marathon or the full marathon.

Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Medical Director Dr. P.Z. Pearce says doctors and race organizers spoke to the families of both runners, who asked for privacy.

“We are greatly saddened by these tragic losses, and our prayers go out to the each of the runners’ family and friends,” Pearce said.

The names and hometowns of the runners have not been released. A 35-year-old man collapsed between the 10- and 11-mile markers. A 31-year-old man died near the finish line. Both were taken to hospitals where they were pronounced dead.

Temperatures for the race started in the 50s but moved into the 70s later in the morning.

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