Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Notebook; Firefighters Revive 'Streaker' on Course

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Notebook; Firefighters Revive 'Streaker' on Course

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Byline: Francine Frazier

Firefighters running in the Gate River Run stopped to administer CPR to a "streaker" who had collapsed on the course, according to Jacksonville Fire Rescue Department personnel who responded to the scene.

"Streakers" are runners who have completed every River Run since 1978. There were 42 members of the group registered for this year's race.

Other first responders also stopped to help until Engine 13, which was just a few blocks away on Atlantic Boulevard, arrived with a defibrillator and firefighters were able to restore the runner's pulse.

"It sounds like the luckiest heart attack of all time," longtime River Run race director Doug Alred said.

The man was taken to Baptist Medical Center, the fire department said. a

The firefighters who first administered CPR went on to finish the 15K race.

COLLIER'S EMOTIONAL 1-MILE TREK

Former Jaguar Richard Collier said he could barely sleep Friday night, anticipating Saturday's Brooks Rehabilitation Challenge Mile at the Gate River Run.

It was the same way he felt before NFL games.

Collier, a former offensive tackle, was partially paralyzed and had the lower part of his leg amputated after suffering multiple gunshot wounds in 2008.

"I almost teared up crossing the line, thinking about how far I came," Collier said after he finished the 1-mile race in 9 minutes, 45 seconds. "I'm glad to be where I am right now."

Collier, who became emotional during a television interview after the race, said the course was harder than he expected with several hills he had to navigate. Coming down the stretch, 15-year-old Southside resident Dillon Ford, a wheelchair rugby player, tried to out-wheel Collier to the finish line.

"Those rugby guys, they always challenge me," Collier said with a smile. "He pushed me, and I pushed him."

GROWTH SPURT ENDS

There were 17,454 entrants for the 36th annual River Run, ending a 12-year streak of growth for the "largest 15K in the country."

"We might be seeing the end of the running boom," Alred said.

In 2012, 18,431 participants entered the 15K and 16,357 finished the race. …

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