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Ontario man dies in Quebec City marathon

Organizers of a Quebec marathon where a runner died on Sunday say nothing could have been done to prevent his death.

Organizers of a Quebec marathon where a runner died on Sunday say nothing could have been done to prevent his death.

Daniel Porter, 51, collapsed three kilometres from the finish line in the Deux Rives Marathon.

Paramedics on the scene said he fell while running the Champlain Blvd. pass and was in cardiac arrest. An on-duty physician said Porter probably had a massive heart attack, but an autopsy will determine the exact cause of death.

Porter, from Tecumseh, near Windsor, Ont., had run several marathons in the past.

He came to Quebec City to run the race with his son Jeremy, who competed in the 18-29 category. Both men ran together for the first part of the race.

Nothing could have prevented Porter's death, organizers said.

Weather conditions in Quebec City were unseasonably warm Sunday, with the daytime temperature reaching 28 C, about six degrees higher than average.

Many runners were probably not acclimatized to racing in the heat, given the cool summer this year, said running coach Jacques Mainguy, from the Club de Course à pied La Foulée, in Quebec City.

"The human body is made to move, but has to move in conditions it knows," he told CBC in a French interview. "This weekend was exceptional."

One solution is to start the race earlier in the day to avoid high heat, he said.

About 90 race participants were treated for heat-related injuries, including dehydration and heat exhaustion, organizers said.

More than 6,000 people ran the marathon.

It's the second time a runner has died during the Deux Rives Marathon.

Patrick Frigon, 24, died in 1999 after collapsing about 120 metres from the finish line. He was taken to hospital where doctors tried unsuccessfully to revive him for 45 minutes, according to reports in Quebec City newspaper Le Soleil.

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