Months of long-distance training and sacrifice will pay off for runners in Hartford, Conn., on Oct. 10–all under the watchful eye of Powerheart® G5 automated external defibrillators (AEDs).
As part of the company’s AED donation and loan program, Cardiac Science will provide 13 Powerheart® G5 AEDs to the Eversource Hartford Marathon, an event expected to attract 65,000 runners, spectators, and volunteers. The program provides large events such as the Hartford Marathon and last week’s Pope Francis visit with AED coverage should a cardiac arrest emergency occur.
“We’re grateful for Cardiac Science’s support and donation to provide units for use at water stations along the Eversource Hartford Marathon and Half Marathon courses,” said Beth Shluger, CEO of the Hartford Marathon Foundation and race director for the Eversource Hartford Marathon. “The safety of our participants is the highest priority at all of our events.”
The AEDs are part of an overall crisis management plan in place for the marathon, which works closely with both medical response teams from Hartford Hospital and emergency services crews provided by the event’s municipal partners. Volunteer captains in charge of each of the water stations have received AED training, Shluger said.
The Foundation has been working with Cardiac Science since 2010, when a gift in memory of a longtime event volunteer enabled the foundation to purchase a Powerheart® G3 Plus AED for use at their races and training events.
The Hartford Marathon is the signature event for the Hartford Marathon Foundation, organizer of 42 annual events and training programs that promote health and fitness. To learn more about the Hartford Marathon Foundation, visit http://www.hartfordmarathon.com.
If your organization is interested in receiving AEDs for an upcoming event, contact Cardiac Science at 1.800.426.0337