RALEIGH, WAKE COUNTY -

Authorities said it was two male runners in their 30s who collapsed during a half marathon in Raleigh and later died.

Officials said a 35-year-old man collapsed between the 10 and 11-mile markers of Raleigh's first ever Rock 'n' Roll Marathon Sunday morning. A 31-year-old man collapsed near the finish line. Both were taken to hospitals, where they were pronounced dead, said officials.

The victims' identities have not been released, but officials did say both were from the Triangle.

Race organizers said the deaths in the 13-mile race appear to be from natural causes. But the exact causes of death have not been released.

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

More than 12,000 runners took part in either the half marathon or the full marathon.

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

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Authorities say two runners have died near the finish line of a half marathon near Raleigh.

Race organizers said the deaths appear to be from natural causes and were treated near the finish during the 13-mile race Sunday morning. About 12,000 runners were expected to participate in the half marathon and the full marathon near downtown Raleigh.

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. He says their prayers go out to them.

The names of the runners have not been released.

Temperatures for the race started in the 60s but moved into the 70s later in the morning.