Casino Niagara International Marathon

Discussion in 'General Fitness' started by Tracey Fox, Oct 27, 2004.

  1. Tracey Fox

    Tracey Fox Guest


    I ran the Casino Niagara International Marathon on Sunday with a
    friend. I enjoyed running this BEAUTIFUL scenic
    course and I appreciated the plentiful water and gatorade stops along
    the way. The race expo was good too!

    However, there were 2 major drawbacks that I would like to mention for
    the race organizers' consideration:
    a) there was no sweep bus/van to take injured/sick/tired runners back to
    the finish line
    b) no medical assistance was provided (outside of a few folks on bicycles)

    My friend got sick while running and quit at mile 11. She walked to
    mile 13 hoping that she could get
    on a sweep bus back to the finish line and there was none. There she
    was told by some associated
    with the race that she would have to walk to mile 20 for help, an
    impossibility given how ill she was. Additionally,
    she was told that she could get on an ambulance but had to pay $500 to
    get on. She was directed into a
    tent thinking someone would help her but instead she was left alone (wet
    and cold) for 45 minutes
    and passed out. Luckily, another run came by and saw that she was in
    need of help. This person was
    able to find her a ride back to the finish line. Mind you, perfect
    strangers who were driving by at the time were willing
    to take responsibility for her well being. In fact, they waited with
    her at the finish line until she was
    able to meet up with her parents. I and her family are grateful for
    their kindness and good show of

    I realize that when you sign a waiver to run a marathon it's based on an
    understanding that you
    are in good health and can complete the race. However, I would like to
    think that any race organization would
    exercise good judgement and reason in assisting sick, tired, and/or
    injured folks. At least provide
    a sweep bus/van to get folks to the finish line if they are in need of help.

    My friend is doing well and she will always remember the kindness of
    these good samaritans from
    Waterloo. May God Bless them!!!

    It was a memorable run for both of us, but of different sorts...