Runner collapses at 10K race finish line, later dies
by From staff reports
November 25, 2011 12:22 AM | 6075 views | 10 10 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Brilliant weather and a record field added up to an overwhelming success Thursday for the ninth annual Gobble Jog races that benefit MUST Ministries in Marietta. But the upbeat mood of the day turned somber during the 10K race when a runner collapsed at the finish line and later died at WellStar Kennestone Hospital, the Journal learned Thursday night.

Allen Scott Gill, 53, of Paulding County was running in the race along with his wife, Rose. Just as he crossed the finish line, race officials say, he collapsed and emergency personnel began performing CPR immediately. His wife was running about 5 minutes behind her husband and this was the devastating scene she came upon at the finish line.

An estimated field of about 10,000 runners for the day’s races were cleared away along Church Street on the Marietta Square and an ambulance took Gill to WellStar Kennestone, where he was later pronounced dead.

Dr. Dwight “Ike” Reighard, who took over as CEO of MUST Ministries just over a month ago, was at the finish line when Gill collapsed. He went straight to the hospital.

“This is why I say every day in life is tissue-thin,” Reighard said. “It just broke my heart when they came out and said he had passed.

“They let his wife go into the room then, and when she came out, she was holding his (race) number.

“I guarantee you we will retire that number and we will honor him in some way next year.”

Kaye Cagle, director of marketing and church services for MUST, said she is unaware of any runners collapsing in previous races and that no other injuries were reported in Thursday’s events.
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was there
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November 28, 2011
It broke my heart to see this gentleman pass....I was about ten yards away at the finish line. Where was the ambulance and the defibrillator? It took several minutes for professional medical help to arrive, and after a good seven minutes plus I did not see and ambulance, nor a defib.

The organizers failed in this instance. I know it does not ease the pain.......
E.L.S.
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December 28, 2011
A professional Marietta Firefighter was with him immediately because he was on-scene, in his uniform. Thank you for being there Marietta F.D. That Firefighter worked on him the entire time and never stopped; he did chest compressions until the ambulance got there. I was sad to hear the final outcome, but I am grateful the firefighter did everything he could.
Ann Miller
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November 26, 2011
I have known the Gill family for many years, as they are very good customers at Brown's Pools and spas in Dallas, I am very sad with this news, my heart goes out to Rose and the rest of her family, I feel as though we lost a very great man, I have a really big hug waiting for Rose the next time I see her, If there is anything I can do for you, just let me know,heartfelt prayers to you and your family... Ann Miller, Browns pools.
Cindyg62
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November 26, 2011
My heart goes out to Rose and her family. I ran the 10K with other family members. We witnessed paramedics working with Scotty and saw Rose devastated at the finish line while emergency crew worked with Scotty. Rose, I lost my husband at age 54 and feel your pain. I am so very sorry and pray for you. You will be in my prayers and thoughts.
Sad Girl
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November 26, 2011
This man and his family is in my prayers. I watched him have a heart attack...I just wish I could have done something.
Patrick de Albuquerq
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November 26, 2011
Greetings,

I am in deep prayer for your loss. No one gets it unless it has happened to them, God bless you and your family.

Patrick de Albuquerque
Karen8824
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November 25, 2011
my condolences to the family... I was there. I will keep Rose in my prayers so she can be strong.
Judi C.
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November 25, 2011
My deepest and heart felt sympathy to his entire family.
Maria Acevedo
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November 25, 2011
I am saddened to have read of Mr. Gill's passing, especially after an event that was supposed to be fun. My daughter and I walked for the first time, this year, and this is not news I wanted to hear. I offer my condolences to his wife and family. This is just another example that God always has other plans for us, in our lives, even when we continue to make plans for ourselves. May God bless you all.
Tamara Salter
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November 28, 2011
My heartfelt sympathy and condolences go to you Rose and his daughter Gina. I know Scottie from when I was employed by Dixie in the early 90's and I am saddened to hear of his passing. I have fond memories of working with him back then and he will surely be missed. You are in my prayers.
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