“Always go to other people’s funerals. Otherwise, they won’t come to yours.” -Yogi Berra
It is unlikely for a runner to die of heart attack but one of the major causes of a runner’s death is due to road accident.
Today, I’m so enraged upon hearing the death of my running buddy, an eighty-five (85) year old able runner, Jose Burgos aka Tatay Burgos, due to an accident while running. According to witnesses, a motorcycle (single) bumped him from behind and the impact was so damaging for him. Tatay Burgos died few minutes later at the hospital.
Jose Burgos who once appeared in Milo commercial as the oldest runner, was a member of San Pedro Running Club, in which I’m also a member. He was an ardent supporter of many races. In fact, at his age, he was with my group in races such as “Takbo sa Kabundukan in Rizal province, Mt. Makiling Challenge and in Milo’s elimination”. Though he only competed in 5k event, he was determined to show his passion and support in the sports we love – running. He started his career in running at age 78, had been to so many races and at one time, climbed the Mt. Makiling with some mountaineers.
Runners are always the victims of those reckless drivers and it was so disheartening to hear bad news such like that.
Can you still recall what happened to Mr. Ran Juan, the oldest runner last year? He too died when a bus sideswiped him one early morning as he jogged.
Even if you’re running ‘ facing those incoming vehicles’ is no guarantee that you will be spared.
How many more runners like ‘Jose Burgos’ will die a violent death like that?
Monching, JOSE BURGOS and Jt Oliver at the summit of Mt. Makiling on this undated photo.
Running strong at age 85! You’ll be missed…S’ JOSE BURGOS!!!
Our group will visit his remain tomorrow at 7pm. His sepulture is on Sunday.
Well, that’s life. To reach age 85 is a big blessing already, and not all of us can duplicate that, but it should not be a tragic death.
Laws must be enacted seeking higher penalties for those unscrupulous drivers.
Again, How many more runners like ‘Jose Burgos and Ran Juan’ will die a violent death like that?
God forbid more casualties. That thought alone can be so sickening, I can’ t even imagine it.
We run to live longer and not to die prematurely at the expense of those foolhardy motorists.
See you in NB half marathon!
God be Praised!