Confessions from a Marathon Sweeper Bus

By Andrea Filmer

April 2020 FEATURE
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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...

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Andrea Filmer

is a freelance journalist who has lived in the US and Australia but, for reasons unknown to herself, finds it impossible to call anywhere but Penang home.