About five years ago, Jack Randall was running with a friend along Irving Avenue near the University of Dayton. Mid-conversation, his friend had a seizure and collapsed.
He had a cell phone with him, so they were able to call for help. But endurance athletes don’t always carry a phone while they run, Randall said. Had it been the case that day, he wasn’t sure what they would have done.
That’s what sparked the idea to launch Zoza. Led by Randall and fellow running partners Phillip Horn, Bryce McGuire and Sean Kane, the startup is developing a portable SOS device for athletes that can alert contacts at the push of a button.
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Story excerpt provided by Dayton Inno.
Written by Jacob Fisher.
Originally published October 8, 2021.