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21 runners die after extreme weather hits China’s ultramarathon trail

In northwestern China, hail, glaze and strong winds struck high-altitude races, killing 21 people in a mountain ultramarathon, according to state media.

After an overnight sub-zero rescue operation involving more than 700 personnel, rescuers were able to confirm that 151 out of a total of 172 participants were safe. According to the Xinhua News Agency, 21 people have died because runners are suffering from physical discomfort and a sudden drop in temperature.

The runner ran on a very narrow mountain road at an altitude of 2,000 to 3,000 meters (6,500 to 9,800 feet). A 100-kilometer (60-mile) race was held on Saturday at the Huanghe Stone Forest Tourist Area in Baiyin City, Gansu Province.

Participants were not newcomers. One of the deceased was Liang Jin, a famous runner who won a 100-kilometer (62-mile) race in Ningbo, a Shanghai-based state newspaper paper reported.

According to Beijing News, a newspaper owned by the Beijing Municipal Government, a woman working at the race organizer, Shengjing Sports Culture Development Corporation in Gansu Province, said she had no predictions of extreme weather on the day of the race.

However, the local branch of the National Early Warning Information Center in Byin City has warned of hail and strong winds over the past three days.

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In this photo, provided by Xinhua News Agency in China, rescue teams have set foot on the scene of the accident and are looking for survivors in Jingtai County, Baiyin City, Gansu Province, northwestern China, on Sunday, May 23, 2021.

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The race was also held four times, following a relatively well-established course, according to accounts posted online by race participants.

But the weather surprised them, and on Saturday morning, he already felt things weren’t normal. Runners weren’t dressed like winter, and many wore short-sleeved tops.

“I ran two kilometers before the starter pistol fired and warmed up … but the trouble was that my body wasn’t hot after the two kilometers,” on his WeChat account “Wandering about the South.” Over 100,000 times.

He later told the paper that the predictions the day before the race did not predict the extreme weather they encountered.

The most difficult section, from 24 kilometers (15 miles) to 36 kilometers (22 miles), climbed 1,000 meters (3,280 feet). There he said the road was a mixture of stone and sand and his fingers were paralyzed from the cold.

He was already vague when he finally decided to turn back. He said he was able to get there safely and met the rescue team. He did not respond to requests for comments left on his social media account.

Some runners who went further along the course fell from the trail into deep mountain crevices, according to a reporter at state broadcaster CCTV. It was not clear how many of them survived.

Video footage showed a rescuer in a winter jacket searching with a flashlight along steep hills and narrow streets on a pitch-black night. The search operation was completed by noon on Sunday, the rescue team told Xinhua.

Some people wondered what would happen if the organizer prepared for an emergency online. The race organizer did not immediately answer the call for comment on Sunday.

Baiyin Mayor Zhang Xuchen held a press conference late Sunday and deeply apologized as the organizer of the event. The government has promised a complete investigation.

The mayor said, “I express my deepest condolences and sympathy for the families of the victims and the injured.”

21 runners die after extreme weather hits China’s ultramarathon trail

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