By Scott Douglas (runnersworld.com)
Robert Fecteau III is suing the organisers of the 2010 Filthy 5K Mud Run in Richmond, Virgina, for negligence after he became partially paralyzed in a mud pit near the finish. Fecteau is seeking $30 million even though he wasn’t a registered participant in the event, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports.
Fecteau claims that a 30-foot-long mud pit participants crawled through soon before the finish was constructed with “negligence, reckless disregard, and/or gross negligence.” Fecteau says the pit forced him to jam his hands and arms as he started to crawl, resulting in partial paralysis from the chest down and minimal use of his arms.
Fecteau never registered for the race. Instead, he used the number of a female friend, who had signed the race’s liability waiver.
Fecteau’s lawyer told the Times-Dispatch that Fecteau’s “bandit*” status was irrelevant, because even if he had signed the liability waiver, the waiver wouldn’t hold up in Virginia court
*”Bandit” is a US term for someone who runs a race under someone else’s number, without going through the proper substitution process.