Marathon pacer Evelyn Ang passed away early Thursday (Mar 1) morning.
- Tributes pour in for the pacer with the big smile who inspired others
- No action to be taken against organiser of marathon held without a permit
- Runner friends to continue to dedicate runs in her honour
Reportedly, Ang succumbed to her injuries at around 1.30am.
A profile picture update on her Facebook page, posted by an administrator at 1.40am on Thursday, was captioned with “In memory of Evelyn Ang Loo 13041973 – 01032018”.
“She passed away peacefully and she went off at her own pace despite all the things that we all did to help. The hospital did the very best for her and the doctors too,” Ang’s husband Dennis Loo was reported as saying.
It was reported that the ultra runner, who would have turned 45 on April 13, died peacefully and Loo commended the hospital and doctors for doing their very best for her.
Ang was knocked down by a hit-and-run driver last December.
She suffered a fractured skull and brain haemorrhage following the impact and never woke up from her coma.
Two other runners sustained minor injuries in the incident during the Klang City International Marathon in December last year.
On Feb 20, Teoh Thiam Lim, 28, was charged in the Klang’s magistrate court with reckless and dangerous driving at Batu 2, Jalan Kapar, at about 4.30am on Dec 10, 2017.
The mechanic, who was unrepresented, pleaded not guilty and was granted RM5,500 bail.
The court set March 9 for mention.
On Feb 26, it was confirmed that the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) will not pursue action against Earth Runners International Group Sdn Bhd, the organisers of the Klang City International Marathon for failing to obtain a licence or apply for one from the Sports Commissioner to hold the event last December.
Following official news of Ang’s death this morning, tributes started pouring in on her Facebook page with comments expressing how she would be deeply missed.
Friends spoke of the avid runner’s cheerfulness as she brought joy and laughter to others, with her cousin Wendy Goh describing her as having an “infectious colgate smile”.
The ultra marathoner’s mentor and running coach Terence Poon spoke of how she had spurred other runners on, the Malay Mail reported.
“Evelyn was a remarkable person and strong athlete. She was always encouraging new runners to run and run.
“As she gained knowledge and experience in running, she helped me give coaching and running tips to new runners and beginners.
“Her departure is a big loss to the running community. We all will miss her dearly,” Poon was quoted saying.
Meanwhile, Ang’s friends will continue to run in her stead and in dedication to her.
The Run4missyblurkit Facebook page, which dedicates the total number of distance in kilometres run by Ang’s runner friends in her honour since January 2018, announced today that there will be three more tallies of mileage in her memory.
To date, Ang’s friends have run a total of 8,697.44 km in Malaysia and abroad for seven consecutive weeks to cheer her on and wish her well.