On Monday we published a story about an accident that occurred at the Vancouver Fall Classic, when a male runner was struck by a TransLink bus. Race director Eric Chéné and RUNVAN have expressed their concern, and they have been in contact with the individual, who is reported to be in stable condition and expected to make a full recovery. They also expressed gratitude to the first responders, including the event medical team, and runners who responded quickly and took control of the situation.
— Fall Classic (@FallClassicRun) November 4, 2018
Further, they issued the following statement: ‘RUNVAN works closely with BC Road Safe, Ministry of Transportation, Metro Parks, and UBC to ensure roads are closed per traffic management plans. Safety is a priority of our non-profit, and we were very sorry to learn of this situation.”
The investigation is ongoing, but some of the details have been clarified:
- the injured individual was not a registered runner in the half-marathon
- the individual was registered for the 10K, which had a start time of 10 a.m. The incident occurred at approximately 9:05 a.m.
- he had paced a friend in the half-marathon and left the course to return back to the 10K race for which he had registered
- upon leaving the half-marathon course, the individual unfortunately crossed into oncoming traffic
- the accident did not occur on the race course itself, but outside of the course