After what happened to runner Evelyn Ang at the Klang City International Marathon last Sunday, I’m sure many of you are wondering what you can do to prevent the same thing that happened to her (being run down by a car) from happening to you.
According to various news reports, Evelyn, also known as @missyblurkit on Instagram, was a pacer at the Klang event. She and two other runners were hit by a car at 4.30am near the 14km stretch of the run, along the race route. As of the publishing of this story, Evelyn is reported to be in “critical condition due to severe bleeding in her brain with a skull fracture. She has undergone surgery at the Sungai Buloh Hospital” a report in The New Straits Times said. News reports have also stated that a 27-year-old driver was arrested and has tested negative for alcohol and drugs.
No one said it was going to be easy or fun. Still, it was loads of fun going up and down the steps because I chose to make 36 sets of 356 steps FUN. It was sunny and hot but there were cool respites by 1 shady spot. Game play – move faster to enjoy the shaded spot again. Move faster so I can head home and have a good shower! Fun or not, easy or not, it's all your attitude and choice.
“How did this even happen?” “Is it safe?” “Are the organisers reputable” “Are there proper safety measures” “How can I avoid being run over?” I’m sure you have many questions and so do we. But let’s focus on one very important question first. “What can YOU do to make sure this doesn’t happen to you?”
Here’s what you can do:
- Look for a stamp of approval on the posters. Lim Hui Seng, the Chairman of Famemas Sports Supporters Club Malaysia and the Famemas Running Group, a popular running group that connects on WhatsApp said all run organisers have to get a permit from the Malaysian Sports Commission. There should be a stamp from the commissioner on the poster or website or Facebook page of the run’s organisers. Look for this logo:
2. Visit the official websites or blogs of running groups in Malaysia. These running groups often list the sanctioned runs that are coming up. Two of the more famous ones, says Hui Seng, who has been running competitively since 2004, are RUNNERIFIC and PM1. SHAPE notes, though, that the results of the Klang City International Run was listed on PM1’s blog page. So, do the logo test as mentioned above also. And you should also check out running groups like Famemas, which has 175 casual and elite runners among its members, including running blog writers and event organisers. Many running groups have Facebook pages you can visit to read up on posts about upcoming runs, discussions on running issues and contact details, he added.
3. Visit the Malaysian Sports Ministry website. According to a statement made by the Sports Commissioner’s Office, it will upload a list of all the sports events that have been granted permission by the ministry here from December 14 onwards.
Okay, now that you know what to look for before signing up for a race in Malaysia, what should you expect, in terms of safety standards, at a run? Hui Seng sent us this info:
1) Good traffic signage at all major junctions
2) Adequate safety briefings to runners before races begin
3) Presence of RELA officers to take charge of safety
4) Good medical services on standby (ambulances and first aid kits)
5) Motorcycles that lead frontline runners
6) Properly lit run routes
7) Clear and sufficient separation between runners and cars, and plenty of traffic cones
8) Uniformed technical marshalls who are easy to spot.
Be safe at your next run, SHAPE-rs!