Family upset with Warrior Dash officials for Jeremy Morris' death

KANSAS CITY, Missouri - Even through their grief, if you ask Joseph Morris and Jane St. Pierre about their son Jeremy, they can't help but smile.

"His life was full of joy," said Joseph Morris.

Twenty-eight-year-old Jeremy Morris, known affectionately as Miah, died early Tuesday morning. His family said he suffered from complications from heat stroke after participating in the Warrior Dash in Kansas City, Mo. Saturday.

"He had such a valuable life," said St. Pierre, holding back tears.

Morris' family flew into Kansas City, his father from South Africa where he is a medical missionary. They are now clinging to each other, through grief and sadness.

"He never got to realize a full career, he never got to have a wife, and love a wife, never gave me grandbabies," said St. Pierre.

In addition to their pain, the family says they're also feeling anger at Warrior Dash officials for allowing an event to be held in such extreme conditions, knowing participants would be put through a rigorous obstacle course involving climbing, jumping over fire and crawling through mud.

"Should have called this event off, rescheduled it," said Joseph Morris. "This isn't rocket science, you look at a chart and go no, they don't run today."

Morris's father said his son was an athlete, who knew his own strength and abilities. He was ambitious and determined. Some of his greatest qualities, eventually leading to his death.

"I know he was overheating, things were killing him, yet he was determined, he wasn't going to turn back," said St. Pierre.

Morris died at 3 a.m. Tuesday, two days before he was going to turn 29-years-old.

"He had a whole full life and now we're planning a memorial service on his 29th birthday," said St. Pierre.

Morris' memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at the International House of Prayer, 3535 E. Red Bridge Rd. Kansas City, Mo.

Red Frog Events released the following statement regarding Jeremy's death:

"We are truly saddened by the news of Jeremiah Morris' passing. From everyone at Red Frog Events, we express our deepest condolences and sympathy to his family and friends. As with all our races, safety is our number one priority and we took numerous precautions based on the weather forecast for this weekend's race in Kansas City. We worked closely with local authorities and took precautions including bringing in double the standard amount of water trucks and cooling stations and providing triple the amount of water bottles for all racers. Additionally, we had our race volunteers roaming the course encouraging everyone to drink water frequently throughout the race and festival to remain hydrated. We care deeply about our racers and our thoughts are with the family and friends of Morris at this time."

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