Rob Dudgeon of the city's Department of Emergency Management told the San Francisco Chronicle on Monday that race organizers had to call city paramedics after the man collapsed. City rules require promoters of such athletic events to have an ambulance and private, mobile teams of emergency medical technicians on scene.
The department is investigating the medical staffing levels and their locations.
RhodyCo Productions, the company that produced the 13.1-mile race, says the finish area included emergency medical personnel and an ambulance with paramedics. But the company says the ambulance was called away to help another runner in distress when 36-year-old Peter Hass collapsed Sunday near the finish line in Golden Gate Park.