Bakersfield Track Club race back July 18th, after death of attorney

Posted at 6:56 AM, Jul 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-19 02:16:04-04

The Bakersfield Track Club hosted the fourth race of the summer series Tuesday evening at Hart Park.

This was the third event in the series after the race for July 5 but was cancelled due to lack of staffing. BTC said it will be rescheduled for a later date. 

On June 20th Bakersfield attorney Benjamin Greene died while participating in the second 5K race of the summer.

Greene had posted that he was set to run the race at Hart Park during triple-digit heat. Tuesday's race was slightly cooler than the near 110-degree temperatures on June 20th.

There were extra water stations at Tuesday's race and even a cooling center, but no paramedics standing by. BTC spokesperson Margaret Patteson said the family-friendly event goes on even in hot and dry conditions.

"People love running in the heat," Patteson said. "It is amazing."

Greene's death was the only incident in the thirty-year history of the summer series, Patteson said.

Event organizers would not comment further on Greene's death.