Heat forces an early end to inaugural KC Warrior Dash
Originally Posted by rageeumr
Wow. Just got an email from a buddy. A guy he knows is in ICU after getting heat stroke during the race yesterday. His brain is swollen and his organs aren't functioning correctly. His body temp was 108 when he got to the hospital.
A grueling endurance race became too dangerous in the heat Sunday and had to be called off early.
The Warrior Dash obstacle course was shut down about 1:30 p.m. after 57 people were treated on site for heat symptoms, and four were taken to hospitals as a precaution. The event, which started Saturday, was scheduled to run until 3 p.m. Sunday.
“The heat was so excessive it was not safe for the participants to run,” said race director Bryan Sechrist. “Safety is our No. 1 priority.”
Warrior Dash set up cooling stations and a medical tent for the approximately 7,000 participants today. The event was at Tiffany Springs Park, about 18 miles north of downtown, and involved a 3.1-mile course.
The National Weather Service said the temperature at Kansas City International Airport was 95 degrees at 1:53 p.m., and the relative humidity was 47 percent.