Kamloops running community heartbroken after hit and run

By Chad Klassen
August 29, 2016 - 4:33pm Updated: August 29, 2016 - 6:39pm

KAMLOOPS — The Kamloops running community is brokenhearted as one of their own remains in hospital with serious injuries.

Long-time runner Deb Kennedy was jogging with a partner around on the Tk'emlups reserve on Sunday morning when, out of nowhere, she was struck by a vehicle. Kamloops Rural RCMP says the incident happened just before 7:30 when they were heading northbound in the 500 block of Athabasca Street West.

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"Just a real fun-loving, super lady. Really loves running. Loves to run with people," says Wayne Richardson, owner of Runners' Sole. 

Kennedy is at Royal Inland Hospital in stable condition but with serious injuries to her ankle, head, and pelvis. It's an incident that has shocked the running community. 

"Devastated. She was a very good customer of the store, she's very involved in the running scene in the community," says Richardson. "Lots of events she's involved with."

Kennedy, who's been training for a half-marathon in September, was on what local runners called the 'three-bridge run,' which takes you on to the Tk'emlups reserve.

"It's a beautiful place to run," says Richardson. "It's quiet. I run it all the time, and I think it's nice to know there's not a lot of cars. But in this case, it happens, right."

Kennedy was simply at the wrong place at the wrong time. But Richardson says there are things runners should keep in mind when they're out.

"I think knowing where you are when you're running, knowing your surroundings in terms of where you're running, if you're running against traffic or with traffic. Looking around all the time," says Richardson. 

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