Tragedy at Standard Chartered Kuala Lumpur Marathon

Here’s bad news that came from a Malaysian blogger on a tragic incident that happened at yesterday’s SC Kuala Lumpur International Marathon. Wow, i hope this doesn’t happen in any of our local marathons here:

>>I first got the news from a friend right after my run yesterday followed by the link that was shared by Paul Lee, another fellow runner.  Please read the following description of what happened yesterday at SCKLM and forward/share/spread it among your friends especially those who are into running, veteran or new. Condolence for Lim’s family and friends from myself + the rest of the Malaysian tri-community. MISSJEWELZ.wordpress will resume blogging and report of SCKLM tomorrow as a sign of respect for the runner who passed away yesterday during the run  :-(<<

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” I would like to share a tragic incident that happened at Standard Chartered KL Marathon today…
When i was running my final 2 km on the 10km… as i was running along the road in front of Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur, i saw a guy was sitting on the road side then soon enough he collapsed…

This incident attracted my attention as a guy(a training doctor, named Irkhan) that was trying to help him was shouting for medic..as i was a trained EFR, i ran over to see what is happening.. (it was around 1 hour into the race for 10km runners)

I got to know that the guy (named Lim) has collapsed and was having seizure.. we tried to place him in recovery position… he was breathing very heavily and shortly and he was also biting his teeth very very hard… i was afraid that he will hurt himself (with either biting his own tongue or he closed up his airway).. so i tried to open up his jaw and tried to communicate wif him to have him relax and breath easily.. he then slowed down his breathing and taking deeper breath…

Another lady (Pei Kheng) came to help and constantly monitor on his pulse… and Dr. Visva (was another participant in the run) came over to help…

Then suddenly, his pulse was gone… then we lied him flat and started on CPR procedures… we constantly check on his pulse to check whether his pulse has come back.. we did chest compression and also mouth-to-mouth breathing to Lim…as we were doing the CPR procedures, we did not sight medic anywhere.. and we tried to shout as loud as possible for medic…

After awhile into the CPR procedures, “lady A” said that she could feel his pulse but was very weak.. then we stopped the CPR procedures to see whether he regain consciousness or not…After i stopped the chest compression on Lim, i started shouting for medic services again with the hope that a medic services is nearby and heard us.. but unfortunately not… we only sighted 3 DBKL Officers(with big motorcycles) just stood by the road side and just stare… the did not come over to help or to check out what happened… (it was around 10 minutes that Lim collapse and had seizure)…

After a moment, Lim loose his pulse again.. we started CPR procedures again.. we still did not sight an ambulance or any EMS(Emergency Medical Services) around… after approximately 30 compression, Lim regained his pulse but was very very weak.. and yet.. there was still no ambulance or EMS sighted… and DBKL officers still stood there and did not came over to help… so I informed a passer by to run to the officers to tell them to call for an EMS soonest possible…

After we performed CPR procedures on Lim for the the third time, finally a St. John (sorry for the mistake, the latest info i got.. the ambulance was NOT from St. John) ambulance came after around 15 – 20 minutes after Lim collapsed…

We let the EMS officers to take over the CPR and First Aid… Dr. Visva asked whether do they have the AED(Automated External Defibrillator)… one of the person from the EMS said that they do not have it.. then I asked whether do they have a face mask with pump.. they also did not have it there… THEY PRACTICALLY HAVE NOTHING IN THE AMBULANCE!!!!!!!! -.-”

EMS took him and speed their way to HKL…

We were later informed that the Response time for EMS is 3 minutes but it took them almost 20 minutes to arrive… and later.. as I was reading through the Runners Guide that was provided in our running kit…
There is a statement (at page 15) that states that “Medical Assistance – Medical Aid is available every 4km and at the Finish Area. Due to runner’s physical condition, Medical Officials are authorized to stop runners and remove their timing chip”

Every 4KM MY ROYAL ASS.. I did not see any first aider, ambulance or any sort of medical officials along my 10km route… and if 4km was true.. it definitely will not take them SO LONG to arrive…

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I got a call from Dr. Visva a moment ago.. he went to HKL to check out the condition of Lim and he informed me that Lim have passed away on his arrival to the hospital… T__T

Lim is only into his 20′s and was running the 10KM distance…

P/s: please share this note to as many people as possible.. we will hope to create awareness on the inefficiency of EMS, DBKL officers and organiser of standard chartered KL Marathon 2010…

we also want to create an awareness that this kind of inefficiency have caused a life of a young man…
we will hope that the marathon organisers will take responsibility and make EMS a top priority in their planning.

ANOTHER FOLLOW UP NOTE WAS POSTED REGARDING THE WAKE FOR OUR BROTHER LIM (R.I.P)


“Hi Guys,

Regarding the runner that passed away and details regarding the wake.

The wake is at Malacca:

MENG SENG CHARITABLE ASSOCIATION FUNERAL RITES HALL,
Shop No. 13, Lorong Bukit Cina

Same row as Capitol Satay Celup

It will leave for the Melaka Memorial Park at 11am tomorrow, Tuesday 29th June 2010.

Location for cremation:
Lot 6759, Jalan Sungar Putat,
Batu Berendam,
75370 Melaka.

You can contact Raymond: 012 3732968 “

(http://missjewelz.wordpress.com)

The Graduates: First Half of 2010

Last Saturday, the Executive Runners Club of the Philippines (RUNNEX) held a general membership meeting and among its agenda were the induction of its newest members and a special recognition to members who finished a marathon in the first half of 2010. Also on hand to grace the occasion were Dr. Aparicio “Perry” Mequi, long-time mentor and adviser of Runnex and Dr. Vicente Valdepenas Jr., economist and member of the monetary board of the Central Bank. 

The occasion was held at the Max Restaurant at the Quezon Memorial Circle and since the venue is within QMC’s running grounds, i decided to run there from my house and did a couple more rounds before attending the meeting at 7:00am. 

I congratulate all the new members who were inducted and hoping that you enjoy the camaraderie, fun and social responsibilities of being a Runnex member.  Back in the 80’s, a pre-requisite to being a member is that one should have finished at least one marathon before the membership committee can accept them. Now, the norm seems to be, “be a member now, and run the damn marathon later…the sooner, the better!”

For the first half of 2010, the following members have finished a marathon/ultramarathon:

1. Susan Lee –        Condura her first marathon finish

2. Rene Villarta  –  Condura marathon.

3. Lito Duran     –   Condura

4. Pio Sugay        – Condura

5. Mel Severino-   Cebu Marathon, Condura, BDM 102km Ultramarathon, PAU 50k Ultra Run

6. Obet  Alano   –  Condura

7. Jay Sabido  – Condura and Dream Marathon

8. Norio Tanaka – Boston marathon 2010

9. Benny Jabanez – Dream Marathon

10. Reylynn Dela Paz – Dream Marathon

11. Dante Briones – Hong Kong Marathon

12. Dee Allas – Singapore Sundowm Marathon

Special mention goes to Benny Jabanez and Rylynne Dela Paz for topping both male and female categories of the TBR Dream Marathon (thebullrunner.com).

Marathon graduates: First half of 2010: L-R, Reylynn dela Paz (TBR Dream), Dee Allas (Sundown Singapore), Obett Alano (Condura), Jay Sabido (TBR Dream and Condura), Jazzrunner (Condura), Norio Tanaka (Boston Marathon), Mel Severino (Cebu Marathon, BDM 102 Ultrarun, Condura, Pau 50k Ultramarathon), Dante Briones (Hong Kong Marathon). Not in photo, Susan Dee (Condura), Doc Lito Duran (Condura), Pio Sugay (Condura) and Benny Jabanez (TBR Dream)

Benny Javanes, tops the TBR Dream Marathon

Reylynne, tops the womens category of the TBR Dream Marathon

L-R: Dee, me, Reylynn, Ebong, Mel, Rose and Baby

The new Runnex members

A combination of the young and the old

 Best of luck too to those scheduled to run a marathon during the 2nd half of 2010!