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Family of Woman Who Died Last Fall Sue Race Organizers After She Fell in Ocean During Race Four Years Ago

On April 5 it was learned that the family of a 24-year-old woman who passed away last fall are suing the city of Yaizu and the city sports association for 100 million yen [~$933,000 USD], claiming she died because of negligence on their part after the woman fell off a quay into the ocean while resting during a road road race four years ago.

According to the lawsuit, roughly an hour after the start of the event's 5 km race the woman stopped running and began to vomit. The woman entered a parking lot adjacent to the course along the Yaizu waterfront and fell into the ocean while taking a break. People nearby saw her in the water, but when they tried to help her they found her heart had already stopped. The woman never regained consciousness and passed away last October.

The lawsuit claimed, "Security staff were stationed in the area but neglected to carry out their duty to protect participants. The procedures for medical staff to provide emergency treatment were also non-functional." A spokesperson for the organizers stated, "We are currently consulting our attorneys and thus cannot comment."

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Betsudai - the Beppu-Oita Mainichi Marathon
daigaku - university
ekiden - a long-distance relay race
faito - a courseside audience cheer; see ganbatte
ganbatte (ganbare) - a courseside audience cheer; see faito
gasshuku - an intensive training camp
Hakone Ekiden - the annual university men`s championships
jitsugyodan - corporate-sponsored professional running teams
onsen - a hot spring
Q-chan - Naoko Takahashi, the 2000 Sydney Olympics women`s marathon gold medalist, Olympic record holder and first woman to break 2:20 in the marathon
rikujo - track and field, the marathon, and other running events
Rikuren - the JAAF
tasuki - the sash which is handed off during an ekiden
zannen - too bad
otaku - a nerdy, socially awkward person, usually male, who is obsessed with some esoteric topic

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