- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 3, 2014

CYPRESS, Texas (AP) - A competitor has died after collapsing during the running portion of a Labor Day triathlon in the Houston area.

The Harris County Institute of Forensic Sciences reports 37-year-old Matthew Alan Cook of Houston died Tuesday at a hospital in Cypress. A cause of death was pending Wednesday.

A statement from Onurmark Productions, which produced the Towne Lake Triathlon in Cypress, says Monday’s event included a 1,500-meter swim, a 23.5-mile bicycle ride and a 6.2-mile run. Cook began to experience distress while running, safety personnel on hand responded and he was transported to a hospital.

Race organizers say temperatures were in the mid-80s at the time of the incident.

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