from the Prairie Inn Harriers chatline.....
Hello Ross, Steve Kent passed your email on to me. Yes, Ken Pungent suffered a heart attack with 1 k to go at yesterday's race. Initially he was taken by ambulance to Nanaimo hospital where he was stabilized. By 4:30 he had been transported by air ambulance to the Royal Jubilee in Victoria where at last report I had from his family, he is doing as well, if not better, than one might have expected.
There were several people near him when he collapsed and 2 women in particular happened to be infant resuscitation specialists, as well as others with medical knowledge including St John's staff. Without their valiant work on Ken for at least 20 minutes prior to the arrival of the paramedics Ken would not be alive today.
On behalf of Sooke Trail and Road Runners, Ken's family, and Ken! ...we thank everyone who helped keep Ken alive. Please feel free to share this information with anyone who may have run by and wondered, or went back to check... I know so many people expressed their concern and offered to help and will be wondering how Ken is doing.
It is great to hear that news. Hopefully, Ken, who I do not think I have met but likely recognize from the close-knit running community, will be out running again sooner than we might expect. All the best Ken - your result was the best one of the day.