Hyderabad: Bharath Reddy Narahari, the 37-year-old native of Karimnagar who was killed in an accident in Southwest Miami-Dade in Florida, US, was training for next month’s Dolphins Cancer Challenge when he was hit fatally by a boat being towed by a truck.
According to reports in the local media, the accident, which left another cyclist injured, happened around 8 am on Saturday not far from Black Point Marina, a popular destination for cyclists.
According to a report in the Miami Herald, Narahari was an active member of Team Hammerheads, a USA Triathlon club, and trained with Miami’s Go Run Running Club.
“He was a beloved member of our group,” said the paper quoted Amy Stone, in charge of Team Hammerheads.
Herald also quoted Doug Nicaragua, Narahari’s coach at the running club, saying he was more than just a team member; he was part of their running family.
“He was the type of person who would encourage everybody,” he said.
As for the accident, reports quoted the police saying the two bicyclists were heading south when “somehow they fell”. A boat, being towed by a pickup, hit Narahari. The other cyclist too suffered injuries. Police said the crash was still under investigation.
The ride was one of several planned for the Dolphins Cancer Challenge, which will be held on February 10.
Meanwhile, officials of the Dolphins Cancer Challenge said they were deeply saddened by the accident that caused the sudden and tragic loss of a participant in their training ride. “On behalf of the Dolphins Cancer Challenge, we would like to express our deepest condolences to the family and our thoughts and prayers are with them during this difficult time,” they said.
In addition to training for the Dolphins Cancer Challenge, Narahari was also training for the Miami Marathon, set for January 28. Miami Herald quoted Nicaragua saying that when Narahari first came to the team almost two years ago, his goal was to get in shape. He quickly adopted a healthy lifestyle and managed to shave almost two minutes per mile off his time for a 5K.
“He would be a part of the fastest group and then go back and help everyone else,” Nicaragua said.
Several memorials for Narahari are in the works, including a Go Run team decision to have #AlwaysReddy printed on everyone’s shirt for this year’s Miami Marathon, the report said.