A 30-year-old father from Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures has died after taking part in a half marathon run in Quebec City.

Maxime Pouliot Rochefort required medical attention when he was two kilometres from the finish line Sunday morning.

Marathon SSQ de Québec organizers say Pouliot Rochefort was transported to a nearby hospital in the region.

He died Sunday afternoon in hospital.

"It's very sad news and our hearts are with the victim's family and loved ones," said marathon spokesperson Chantal Lachance.

The death is the third in the marathon's 20-year history, with previous fatalities in 1999 and 2008.

With files from Radio-Canada