Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Two Deaths at NY Marathon

By now, you've heard about the two deaths related to this year's New York Marathon.

I'm linking to a Newsday column here from someone who thinks NYRR is getting a free pass from the media, and argues that if the deaths had happened in other sports, there's be outcry and calls for government investigation.

I'm not sure I agree with the premise. Then again, this NY Times column puts a weird spin on it.

Sadly, there are going to be tragic circumstances at endurance events (the memory of Ryan Shay last year still echoes), and that no amount of preparation or precaution from race organizers is going to prevent this. What's the solution: Do you mandate that everyone pass some kind of fitness test?

Regardless of the circumstances (and my sympathies go out to the families of the victims), it's a reminder that we should all be careful and listen to our bodies, and respond appropriately.

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