Two die while running Philippine marathon

Agence France-Presse
Organizers say two men, including a decorated military officer, die while running a charity marathon in the Philippines

Photo from the Condura Skyway Marathon FB page

MANILA, Philippines – Two men including a decorated military officer died while running a charity marathon in the Philippines, organizers said Monday.

“We are devastated over the loss of our two brothers who ran for a Hero during the 8th Condura Skyway marathon last February 7, 2016,” the organisers said on their Facebook page.

It said a 38-year-old and a 40-year-old military officer died during Sunday’s race in Manila but gave no cause of death.

Army spokesman Colonel Benjamin Hao said Major Arnold Lubang collapsed just a kilometer (0.6 miles) away from the finish line, adding that an autopsy indicted he died of cardiac arrest.

“We were shocked when he collapsed. He ran a lot. He was into all kinds of sports. When he was into something, he really went to excel,” Hao told Agence France-Presse.

Lubang had previously won the army’s third highest honour for bravery in combat, he added.

The Condura marathon is a popular annual event which raises money for various causes. This year, it was raising funds for children of slain soldiers. –