Bay Area Runners Boycott Race Organizers; Support Peter Hass, Man Who Died at Half Marathon
|Taking it to the finish line|
The petition, which is being administered through change.org, also demands that Kaiser Permanente find a new race organizer for its annual half marathon event. The petition names Dave Rhody, of RhodyCo Productions, as well as officials with Kaiser Permanente as its targets.
"The lack of medical emergency support and preparation demonstrates deep negligence on the part of RhodyCo Productions, and in part, Kaiser Permanente, to safely put on an event of this size and distance," the petition states.
Hass had just completed the half marathon on Feb. 6 when he collapsed at the finish line. It took another 20 minutes before medical staff and paramedics came to assist Hass. Rob Dudgeon, deputy director with the city's Emergency Services Division, told SF Weekly that it was clear the medical assets at the race were "insufficient," and that the city was investigating whether RhodyCo, which has been organizing fitness and sporting events for more than 20 years, had fully implemented its emergency plan.
Fire officials criticized the race organizers for not having sufficient medical staffing and equipment at the finish line. Yet RhodyCo said that paramedics were helping another runner when Hass collapsed. Volunteers and runners performed CPR on Hass while they waited for paramedics.
"This situation cannot happen again. RhodyCo has demonstrated its inability to sufficiently anticipate and ensure the safety and medical needs of event participants," according to the petition.
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