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A runner died while participating in a race at Walt Disney World over the weekend, park officials confirmed to USA TODAY. 

The Orlando Sentinel and local Fox affiliate report that an unidentified runner in a 5K race collapsed on the course and died.

“We are deeply saddened by this heartbreaking loss, and our thoughts and sympathies remain with the runner’s family and loved ones throughout this difficult time,” Walt Disney World Resort representative Andrea Finger said in a statement to USA TODAY. 

No further information about the runner’s identity was immediately available. 

Thursday through Sunday marks the theme park’s annual Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend, which invites runners to race through Disney World early in the morning in a half marathon, 10K, 5K, or meter dash races for kids. According to the official website, the 5K race began at 5:30 a.m. on Friday. 

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