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The NYC triathlon over the weekend was marred by a series of injuries, one of which ended in the death of 64-year-old Michael Kudryk.
While kicking off the event with a mile-long swim across the Hudson River, Kudryk reportedly suffered from a heart attack, necessitating his removal from the choppy waters, and a trip to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Police also had to pull at least another 26 of the 3,000 participants out of the water for a variety of other injuries.
As with other injuries that befall participants in a sporting competition, one has to wonder what caused the NYC triathlon death and who, ultimately, is responsible.
Generally speaking, participants in triathlons and marathons sign waivers releasing the event's sponsors of any liability, also agreeing to take personal responsibility for injuries that occur as a result of the race.
Participants are also ultimately responsible for undergoing any health evaluations to determine if they are sufficiently healthy to participate in such a competition.
This, however, doesn't mean that a race's sponsors can't be held responsible for injuries.
They are responsible for ensuring the safety of the overall race conditions, including water temperature and weather.
In terms of the NYC triathlon, the Associated Press reports that the weather conditions were optimal, and that there are currently no concerns about the Hudson River being unsafe for human use.
The death of Michael Kudryk is likely an unfortunate case of over-exertion for which the NYC triathlon is not legally responsible.
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