Runner hit by bus during Vancouver Half Marathon

Man hit by bus during vancouver half marathon

A middle-aged runner has suffered non-life-threatening injuries after a bus struck him during Vancouver’s Fall Classic half marathon at around 9 a.m. local time on Sunday. Race officials and other runners quickly helped the man, who was later treated at Vancouver General Hospital, according to the CBC, Canada’s public broadcaster.

Runvan, the organisation that puts on the Fall Classic, told Runner's World on Wednesday the man is in stable condition and expected to make a full recovery.

“We would like to thank all first responders, including the event medical team, and runners who responded quickly and took control of the situation,” a statement from Runvan said. “Our thoughts remain with the individual and his family at this time.”

The man, whose name has not been released, was registered for the 10K, not the half marathon. He was pacing a friend in the half marathon, which had kicked off at 8:30 a.m., and had turned around to make his way back to the start for his own race, when he mistakenly stepped off the official race course and into a lane running parallel to runners filled with traffic.

The vehicle that hit him was a TransLink bus, part of Vancouver’s public transit system, TransLink confirmed to the Vancouver Sun newspaper. 

The Fall Classic, which saw around 3,300 runners participate in half marathon, 10K, and 5K races this weekend, is in its 18th year. The half marathon course begins and ends on the campus of the University of British Columbia, but runners log most of their miles on Southwest Marine Drive, which runs southeast along the coast.

The incident occurred on that road, somewhere around the second mile. At that point, two lanes run in each direction, with a divider in between. Jon Major, a half marathon participant who was present when the collision happened and spoke to both media outlets, said the right lane was reserved for runners, while the left lane was open to traffic, with cones placed along the route to divide the two. It was the left lane the man turned into when the TransLink bus hit him.

Major told the CBC he was surprised by the lack of infrastructure and personnel in place to separate runners and vehicles moving side by side.

“We had cars going by doing their regular speed and nobody else was trying to slow them down or anything,” he said.

Runvan said it works closely with the local and regional government agencies “to ensure roads are closed per traffic management plans.”

“Safety is a priority of our nonprofit, and we were very sorry to learn of this situation.” Runvan said in the statement. “We will conduct a thorough review with all stakeholders in the coming weeks.”

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A version of this article appeared on Runner's World US.