Sunday, March 22, 2009

When One Car Accident Changes Everything (aka, Another Reason To Stay On Trails)

Jamie Thompson of The Dallas Morning News writes a chilling story of three runners struck by a car after the Dallas Half Marathon. It's a harrowing recall of the accident, the storm of emotions, and the road back to recovery. Read the full story here.

When I hear about these incidents, I am so thankful to be able to run trails regularly. I might get a few scrapes and bruises, but I never have 3,000 lb steel monsters jumping at me from behind.

- SD


  1. Thanks for sharing Scott. What a horrible and monumental obstacle for those poor people to have to go through. Really helps put things in perspective and realize just how lucky and blessed we are.

  2. Whoa, that's scary. It could happen to anyone.

  3. I agree with you that trail running is a little more safe!

    I was reading that you want to do some running in Canada. You should come out and do Knee Knacker 50km in West/North Vancouver B.C. Its a lottery every year because its so popular but its fun and hard core. Lots of hills but a lot of fun downhills. Check it out.

  4. So,

    i've been an avid reader of your blog and was hoping to run my first ultra this year and get into some long distance triathlon as well. I ran my first marathon at chicago last year. January 17th changed all that as I was crushed between two cars on the side of a highway during a snowstorm. I was lucky enough to have jumped after pushing another person out of the way and been in prime physical condition, as all that happened were a few broken ribs, and a whole lot of soft tissue damage to my left foot, and pending MRI results, possibly some stress fractures from it, but nothing that showed up in X-rays. Needless to say, I'm a cyclist this year, at least until I get the OK to run again... for the first month i was just pumped to be alive and moving, but i really want to hit the trails...


  5. Tried to find a email address for you on here, but couldn't. About a year ago I asked you or some help about fining a running club and Vegas and it worked out pretty good. Was wondering if you knew of any amateur ones in Portland, OR?

  6. Car accidents are confusing and complex, and you should never admit fault because after an investigation into the car accident circumstances, it may be shown that you were not actually at fault. By admitting fault, you may not be able to receive the appropriate compensation.

  7. Sad story indeed. What's sadder is that it happened in real life. I couldn't find the article from the link you provided above. But I do hope that the runners were fine after the accident.


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