Race organizers say two people have died at the inaugural Raleigh Rock and Roll Marathon. Neither the names nor the causes of the deaths have been released. Both runners were participating in the half-marathon portion of the event.
In a statement, Dr. P.Z. Pearce, the medical director for the Marathon, said: "We are greatly saddened by these tragic losses and our prayers go out to the each of the runner's family and friends. We have spoken with each of the families and they have asked everyone to kindly respect their privacy during this most difficult of times."