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21 Ultra-Marathon Runners Die In Extreme Weather
Published on: 2021-05-24
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Twenty one ultra-marathon runners have died after extreme weather conditions hit a 100-kilometer mountain race in northwest China.
 

The high-altitude Huanghe Shilin Mountain Marathon began on Saturday morning in sunny conditions. But by 1 p.m. local time weather conditions had turned, with freezing rain, hail stones and gale winds lashing runners in Gansu County.
 

Liang Jing, one of China's well known ultra-marathon runners, was among those who died, a Hong Kong marathon group called Hong Kong 100 Ultra Marathon confirmed via a statement released on Sunday.
 

The marathon group said Liang had been a "favorite" member of the Hong Kong trail-racing community. He regularly participated in the annual Hong Kong 100-kilometer trail race, and was the runner-up in the last two years, it added.
 

As temperatures dropped in the Yellow River Stone Forest, runners started reported suffering from hypothermia, while others went missing.
 

The marathon organizers called off the race and launched a search party of 1,200 people to scour the complicated terrain. The search operation continued after dark.
 

Most competitors were wearing thin shorts and T-shirts.
 

By Sunday morning, 151 of the 172 race participants had been confirmed safe, with eight in hospital. Another 21 were found dead.
 

山地马拉松赛遭遇极端天气,21人遇难

22日,甘肃一山地马拉松赛遭遇极端天气。截至23日早上8点,共搜救接回参赛人员151人,其中8人轻伤,在医院接受救治。21名参赛人员找到时已失去生命体征。甘肃省委省政府已成立事件调查组,对事件原因进行进一步深入调查。
 

据前方救援人员介绍,百公里越野赛沿途的地形地貌非常复杂,山梁沟峁较多,在夜间光线较暗的情况下,要找到失联人员非常困难。另外,由于景区的地形高度差在60到200米之间,很多地区的通信信号很差,也给搜救造成了一定困难。

有救援人员表示,他们最担心的就是参加越野赛的参赛队员衣着很单薄,而且当地气温非常低,山上的温度可能接近零度,低温是失联人员面临的最大威胁。据指挥部介绍,22日中午1点左右,百公里越野赛高海拔赛段20公里至31公里处,受突变极端天气影响,局地出现冰雹、冻雨、大风等灾害性天气,气温骤降,参赛人员出现身体不适、失温等情况,部分参赛人员失联,比赛停止。当地马上组织多方力量搜救失联人员。

接到当地报告后,甘肃省委、省政府第一时间召开专题会议,立即启动应急预案,成立失联救援指挥部并组织救援力量700余人投入搜救。由于赛段内地形地貌复杂,夜间气温再度下降,搜救难度较大。据介绍,该赛事由白银市委、市政府主办,景泰县承办,具体赛事运营由甘肃晟景体育文化发展有限公司负责,共计172人参与百公里越野赛。

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