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Second participant in NYC triathlon dies

Woman dies of a heart attack this morning one day after a man died during the swimming portion of the brutal race.

A second person has died this morning after participating in the Nautica New York City Triathlon, it was announced just moments ago.

A 40-year-old woman who needed to be pulled out of the Hudson River during the swimming portion of the race died today. The woman, from Illinois, was hospitalized in critical condition yesterday after being rescued from the water and died this morning. It is believed she went into cardiac arrest twice during and after the 1.5 kilometer swim.

Her death comes after a 64-year-old man died yesterday, also during the swimming portion of the race. Michael Kudryk, of Freehold, N.J., was pulled out of the Hudson River unconscious and is believed to also have died from a heart attack.

The two deaths have prompted some New York City officials to demand race organizers examine the safety of the triathlon.

Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer called on the Nautica New York City Triathlon to conduct a top-to-bottom review of the competition’s safety protocol.

He also questioned the Triathlon’s decision to go ahead with Sunday’s race amid weather conditions including Saturday night rain, choppy water, strong currents, and temperatures exceeding 90 degrees. Stringer said instead of sounding the alarm, Triathlon director Bill Burke called yesterday's muggy weather "optimal."

“New Yorkers signed up for a triathlon – not a game of Russian Roulette,” said Stringer this morning.

According to reports, 26 others race participants needed assistance for minor injuries or pains during the swim.

During the 2010 NYC triathlon, a London man collapsed near the finish line of the event in temperatures of 90 degrees. Temperatures also exceeded 90 degrees in the 2008 race, when a 32-year old Buenos Aires man died and 26 people were hospitalized for conditions related to heat exhaustion.

Participants swim 1.5 kilometers in the Hudson River, then bike 40 kilometers along the West Side Highway and run 10 kilometers through Central Park.

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