4 Nov 2008

New York marathon called a success despite fatalities

4:14 pm on 4 November 2008

New York City marathon chief Mary Wittenberg has hailed Sunday's race a resounding success despite the deaths of two participants, the first at the event since 1994.

Ninety nine percent of the 38,356 starters finished and more than $18 million was raised for charity.

There were three heart attacks in the race and thewe two runners who died both finished .

One died in Central Park while the other returned home and collapsed and died an hour later

Just under 38,000 participants crossed the finish line.

The oldest man was 87 years old and the oldest women 83.