SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) – A man collapsed and died just before crossing the finish line of a half marathon in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park Sunday morning, a fire dispatcher said.

Peter Hass, a 36-year-old Orinda resident, was pronounced dead near 47th Avenue and John F. Kennedy Drive at about 10:15 a.m., after collapsing while running toward the 13.1-mile mark of the Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Half Marathon, according to the San Francisco medical examiner’s office.

The cause of death remains unknown, pending an autopsy by the medical examiner.

Fellow runners performed CPR on Hass as they waited for emergency personnel to arrive, which didn’t happen for some 20 minutes, according to witnesses.

The 8 a.m. race had about 10,000 participants and wound from the east end of the park, by the San Francisco Zoo and ended near 47th Avenue, according to the race website.

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Comments (13)
  1. bud says:

    So Kaiser sponsors the event, but reports say it took 20 minutes for medical personnel to get to this guy! And he collapsed right near the finish line, where you would expect plenty of paramedics to be. What’s wrong with this picture?

    1. LOKI says:

      wow just because Kaiser Sponsors it you blame them. idiot

      1. loki no lookee says:

        loke, it looks more like you’re an idiot. nowhere in bud’s post does he say it’s kaiser’s fault. read before you post, bozo.

  2. tn says:

    Kaiser sponsors the event, but not necessarily provides the paramedic or runners’ aid stations. Bylaws, procedural rules and funding don’t allow a sponsor to run the whole show, Bud. It does seem ironic but it’s unfair to point at Kaiser for this runner’s collapse and death. At least this guy died doing what he probably really enjoyed, and not at his desk or cubicle on a weekday, just before the lunch break.

  3. eye witness says:

    It was very irresponsible to not have qualified medical teams and equipment available at the finish line where most of the medical emergencies happened, I was there when this man went down, there was no official or qualified medical personal responding to multiple calls for help until much later. Fortunately there was an ER nurse who saw this and when it became clear that the bystanders tending to the man did not know what they were doing, she jump in and began tending to him. When the events medical personal arrived they did not have the equipment needed to save this life. Perhaps in the future better planning and preparation will prevent such an out come.

    1. Michael Hass says:

      Hello eye witness,
      I am Peter Hass’s brother. Our family is still trying to make sense of what led to this horrible tragedy. Can you please contact me and tell me what you saw at the half marathon on sunday.


      Michael Hass

    2. GetTheFactsBeforeYouSaySomethingHarmful says:

      Is that right? Did you not notice a large vehicle that says AMBULANCE all over it, fire up its siren and take off just before Peter went down? Did you know, in all your infinite wisdom, that an emergency room doctor was working on Peter within 15 seconds of Peter going down.And the “bystanders” you claim did not know what they were doing, were actually Firefighters. What happened was extremely tragic and I’m sure idiotic, misinformed comments like that only cause Peter’s wife and family more pain. To the Hass family, I am so very sorry for your loss. I know the owners of RhodyCo very well feel free to contact them personally.

  4. Rick says:

    This story is really sad. He didn’t die doing something he really loved. He really loved his wife (who is 7 months pregnant), and his friends. They were having a Superbowl party at his house, and his wife became concerned when he didn’t show up. How does it take 20 minutes for him to get help??!!!


    A tragic and appalling event. There was no medical care and the clock ticked by before anything happened. I am so sorry for this loss. He looked so young.

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