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More than 10K crossed Rock 'n' Roll finish line, event organizer says

Posted April 15

Rock 'n' Roll Marathon in downtown Raleigh, N.C. on April13, 2014. 12,500 runners made it to the capital city for a day of music and running. Paul Himberger won the men's marathon with a time of 2:38:57 and Heidi Bretscher won the women's marathon with 2:49:46. Both runners from Durham, N.C. (Chris Baird / WRAL Contributor).

— Organizers of the Rock 'n' Roll Raleigh Marathon and Half-Marathon said Tuesday that 10,300 runners started out in Sunday's inaugural event in downtown Raleigh.

Dan Cruz with Competitor Group Inc., which put on the race, said 10,237 crossed the finish line. More than 12,500 registered for the event.

In addition, more than $250,000 was raised for five charities, including The V Foundation for Cancer Research, Cruz said.

Sunday's celebration of running and music was overshadowed by the deaths of two participants who collapsed along the half-marathon course.

Family members say Derrick Myers, 35, collapsed at the finish line and was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Myers was the father of two children and was an avid athlete.

An unidentified 31-year-old man also died after collapsing near the 11-mile mark of the course.

Their causes of death haven't been released.

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