Woke up to this horrific news this morning.
According to The Sun, a runner and an official at the Penang Amateur Athletic Association (PAAA) Annual Round The Island Relay were seriously injured when they were hit by a car in Bayan Lepas this morning.
They were believed to have struck shortly after the event was flagged off at the Esplanade at 4am. The runner and the official had been taken to hospital to receive treatment.
Deputy Youth and Sports Minister, Steven Sim, who is also the Bukit Mertajam MP, said he has received a report of the accident and is awaiting details.
Police are expected to release a statement of the incident shortly.
The 72.63km run passes through passed through Gelugor, Bayan Lepas, Sungai Batu, Balik Pulau, Genting, Sungai Rusa, Sungai Pinang, Teluk Bahang, Batu Ferringhi, Tanjung Bungah and Tanjung Tokong before returning to the Esplanade.
There is a video recorded at the scene which has now gone viral now. The video can be quite graphic so be warned. But, if you wanna see it, click HERE.
Ironically, this incident happened a day short to the "anniversary" of the Klang International City Marathon accident which happened on 10 December last year.
What a sad day for the running community.