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42 runners taken to hospital during cold, rainy southwest Japan marathon

Many runners are seen wearing masks at the Kumamoto Castle Marathon as part of attempts to prevent catching or spreading the new coronavirus, in Chuo Ward, Kumamoto, on Feb. 16, 2020. (Mainichi/Hayato Jojima)

KUMAMOTO -- Some 42 runners were reportedly sent to hospital during the Kumamoto Castle Marathon held in this southwestern Japan city on Feb. 16, according to the local fire department.

The runners are believed to have suffered hypothermia and other health problems due to the continuous rain on race day. Of those, one man in his 40s is said to have lost consciousness while being taken to hospital. By 4 p.m. on Feb. 16, 38 calls had been made to ambulance services for health emergencies related to the marathon.

The Kumamoto local meteorological office reported that the temperature in Kumamoto at 9 a.m. on Feb. 16 was 16.7 degrees Celsius, but by 4 p.m. the mercury had tumbled to 8.7 C.

(Japanese original by Hayato Jojima, Kumamoto Bureau)

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