There’s a good chance this happens all the time and I just know nothing about it, but I was pretty shocked to read the LAFD News & Information blog this morning and find that two people died during yesterday’s race. They report:
“At 9:00 AM, at approximately mile marker one, Exposition Boulevard and Figueroa Street, a 60 year-old male runner and retired Los Angeles County Sheriff Deputy, suffered a full cardiac arrest. Paramedics immediately began CPR and provided immediate Advance Cardiac Life Support. The patient was transported to California Medical Center where the patient was pronounced dead by hospital personnel.
At 1:30 P.M., at approximately mile marker twenty-four, Olympic Boulevard and Westmoreland Avenue, a 53 year-old male and an ‘active’ member’ of the Los Angeles Police Department, suffered a full cardiac arrest. Firefighters and Paramedics, pre-deployed along the Marathon route, provided immediate Advanced Cardiac Life Support and rapid transport to Good Samaritan Hospital. Unfortunately, the Paramedics and Hospital staff were unable to revive the Officer and he was pronounced dead at the hospital.”
Reading some of Will’s posts about his experiences with it did a good job of talking me out of ever trying this, that and the fact that I hate running, but this seals the deal. More info on the rest of the days emergency response can be found here.