A runner was struck by a dead tree that was blown onto the Row River Trail during the Cottage Grove Half-Marathon as a high wind warning wento effect.
“Dead tree from reports as it exploded on the path and tossed her off the path,” wrote event coordinator Mike Ripley in an email. “Broke her arm and she sustained some extra injuries that I can’t go into without the family's permission and am waiting on a statement while she recovers in the hospital.”
Ripley noted that as a coordinator of outdoor races this is not the first time an incident like this has happened.
“I put on mountain bike and trail running so this is not unique, just unique timing for sure to be around when a tree falls. I am glad it was not a live tree or limb...much heavier. Great support from a lifeguard and other runners until South Lane Fire and Rescue arrived,” wrote Ripley.
“Next year's event is Saturday, September 14th, 2019 and we look forward to seeing her on the starting line.”