Confessions from a Marathon Sweeper Bus

loading A PBIM2019 sweeper bus passing the midspan of Penang Bridge.

FOR THE CREW of the sweeper buses during the Penang Bridge International Marathon (PBIM) last November, work starts a good three hours before flag-off. Stationed outside The Light Waterfront the night before the race, four Rapid Penang buses stand at the ready while a group of young volunteers – two to a bus – are carefully briefed. The role of a sweeper bus is simple: to collect runners who are too injured or fatigued to complete the course within a stipulated time for the bridge and roads to be reopened to vehicular traffic. Execution, however, depends on varying factors. Weather is ...


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