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Runner Collapses at Hangover 5K

Run was held today in Tamaques Park.

A runner collapsed at the 31st annual Hangover 5K held today in Tamaques Park, according to race organizers.

An eyewitness told Patch cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) was performed on the man before he was transported to the hospital.

A member of the Cranford-based Central Jersey Road Runners Club, which sponsors the New Year's Day run, said information on the man's condition has not been made available to the club at this time pending family notification. 

The Westfield police department and volunteer rescue squad were unable to provide information at this time.  

Patch will update this story as more information becomes available. 

Carol Strauchler January 02, 2013 at 02:54 AM
Typical Westfield stupidity...why hold a hangover run? Some kind of sick joke? Didn't you realize that some people would be dehydrated?
David Kother January 02, 2013 at 12:29 PM
You are very ignorant. This race has been held for 31 years and is a very professionally organized event. While I am not keen on the name, it in no way reflects the race or the majority of those who run in it. I hope that the man in this article is okay.
Bill T January 02, 2013 at 01:10 PM
There are many new year morning runs... And dehydration in a 5k won't really do much. It's the longer races that would really have an impact. Besides dehydration from one day would at most cause a cramp or pass out. Not a heart attack. If you know anything about it the race didn't cause it. May have triggered it, but if not the race at Noon it would have been going up the stairs or carrying a box later in the day.
Everyone to Carol January 02, 2013 at 01:39 PM
Carol, To take the time to write such an ignorant comment shows your lack of education and sensitivity. You are an obvious burden on society and started the new year with negativity. I am sure a majority of humans excercised yesterday with the exception of you; don't want to dehydrate. The gentleman in question collapsed around 1 mile. He was an older gentleman in good physical shape. I was saddened to see and hear the news. I hope he is ok and send my condolences to his family. I also pray for you Carol to use common sense and if you lack it, to just buy a horse and move into the mountains where you won't bother anyone. Happy new year!
Marci Steinberg January 02, 2013 at 01:44 PM
I know the gentleman that this happened to and he is in MUCH better shape than all of us put together. Hopefully he pulls through.
Bill T January 02, 2013 at 01:54 PM
Blame should not go towards the race organizers. Their efforts motivated many to exercise. As with any activity there is risk. As soon as you get out if bed you are at risk of falling, etc. Usually with a heart attack it has been building up unknowingly. I heard that the gentleman did not do well, but I hope I heard wrong. Either way don't blame anyone or any event. It really sucks, but things like this happen. With health knowledge and groups like the running clubs it happens a lot less than in the past. By the way, I'm not a huge runner. I run for charity. So I'm not being defensive of running, I'm just stating the obvious.
FDA take over Rescue Squad January 02, 2013 at 02:33 PM
Why wasn't the Westfield Volunteer Rescue Squad at the scene when the race started? Typically they are at every race? If the guy went down at the mile mark he was probably somewhere between 8 and ten minutes into the race. The rescue squad didn't show up until approximately 20 minutes later. If the fire department ran the squad in the absence of volunteers, response time would have been quicker.
Bill T January 02, 2013 at 03:57 PM
That is true, it did take a while for them to get there... I was already finished by the time they got there, and I wasn't one of the fast finishers.
T January 02, 2013 at 04:46 PM
It did take them a while to arrive. The ambulance actually drove by me while I was running. That was at around mile 2.5 for me, around 28 minutes. When I got to the point where the ambulance was, they were already performing CPR on him. Goodness, what a sad day. Sincerest condolences to the family.
Codyblue January 02, 2013 at 09:06 PM
I hope this gentleman pulls through this with flying colors. For what it's worth....I used to be an avid runner and gave it up after my first arthroscopic procedure. I now do my best at walking at a rapid rate 2-3 miles every other day or so. Running/jogging in my opinion is not all that it's cracked up to be. It reeks havoc on all of your joints....many people don't realize the biomechanics. Things like this happen....they even happened to a much younger James Fixx, the marathon runner years ago. Sign me....ex runner...and happy I quite.....though I still miss that real endorphin surge.
Doreen Notar January 04, 2013 at 12:28 PM
The gentleman did pass away, all we can do is just pray for the family,this was quite a shock. He was in perfect health and an avid runner. It is interesting though that the rescue squad isn't present at a race like this. R I P Pat!
JSC February 22, 2013 at 01:33 PM
just when Im seriously considering going back to running _ I read this article. Ive been biking alot and loving it. Sorry to hear about the passing of this poor man - and definitely gives me some food for thought.

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