Last week, 2 runners were hit by cars while out on their morning runs. Although these stories are not common, two major incidents on the same day is cause to bring attention to the importance of runner safety, especially when out running on our local roadways. Both of these athletes had years of experience and knowledge of the rules of the road, and were hit by no fault of their own. What we can do is continue to spread the word about runner safety to all runners, and all drivers.
Linda Evans was from the Columbus, Ohio area. She was the victim of a hit and run mid-Monday morning, around 9:45 a.m. on a sunny day by a man who was “still groggy from his prescription medication” the night before. She was in the last quarter mile or so of her 12-13 mile training run. This man ended her 38 year running streak, and her year to be the only returning female veteran of the Columbus Marathon. #RunForLinda
Nicholas Ashill of New Zealand was hit by a truck around 8 a.m. in his twelfth week of a coast to coast run beginning in Santa Monica to New York. He was running to raise awareness and money for charity for lung disease. Although expected to survive, he has been through multiple surgeries to reset broken bones. The driver of the vehicle is still unknown. #NickRunsAmerica
Both of these runners were hit by a careless or impaired driver. You cannot blindly trust the drivers on the road, but you can look out for yourself to minimize your chance of being hit.
Although it seems like a low probability of getting hit, imagine all the near misses, or small injury reports that do not ever make it to national news recognition. Plenty of reasons to be on specific watch is if:
The risk is out there, be prepared, and stay safe.
Shoe memorial where Linda was killed:
The last picture posted on Nick’s Blog: