Widow of Extreme Rampage runner sues race's organizers, sponsors

jwarren@herald-leader.comFebruary 18, 2014 

A Western Kentucky woman has filed a lawsuit in Lexington, alleging that negligence by multiple defendants led to her husband's death during an extreme sports event last March.

The lawsuit was filed in Fayette Circuit Court by Casey Arnold as administrator of the estate of Chad Lee Arnold, who collapsed and died during the Extreme Rampage run and obstacle race at the Kentucky Horse Park on March 2. Casey Arnold also is acting as guardian of the couple's child, Miles.

The lawsuit says Chad Arnold, 33, collapsed during the race and died after the defendants allegedly failed to provide emergency medical treatment for "at least 10 minutes."

Chris Johnson, who is listed on the event website as a contact person, did not respond to requests for comment.

According to a Herald-Leader story in March, Chad Arnold ran in the race with his wife and another couple. They weren't very far into the race when Arnold collapsed.

The event required competitors to negotiate various challenging obstacles, including crossing two mud pits, climbing a 10-foot wall, diving into a dumpster filled with ice water, and crawling through tunnels.

The lawsuit says a Rampage website stated that an ambulance and paramedics would be available for emergencies. The Arnolds relied on that statement when they signed up for the race, the lawsuit says.

It alleges, however, that the various defendants did not have "policies, procedures or standards" in effect for medical emergencies at the event.

The defendants failed to "resuscitate or perform reasonable and proper lifesaving medical treatment or protocols for a least 10 minutes" after Arnold's collapse, the lawsuit contends.

Defendants include Rampage LLC, which organized the race; Mediport LLC, which provided emergency medical services for the event; and Christopher Johnson, an official with the Rampage organization.

Other defendants are Fitness 19; TMAC LLC, doing business as No Guts No Glory; J&H Lan-Mark Inc.; Title Boxing Club; Sportsman's Warehouse; Complete Nutrition; Catbird Printing; and Central Kentucky Motorsports.

The various defendants promoted and helped register participants for the event, according to the lawsuit.

Alleged negligence by the defendants was the "proximate and/or actual cause" of Arnold's death, the lawsuit claims. The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages and punitive damages, and asks for a jury trial.

Jim Warren: (859) 231-3255. Twitter: @hlpublicsafety

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