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20+ XC ultra-marathon runners die in China tragedy

Posted: May 22 2021 9:01 pm
by chumley
https://news.yahoo.com/20-runners-dead- ... 13647.html
https://www.cnn.com/2021/05/22/china/ch ... index.html
Twenty-one people were killed after hail, freezing rain and high winds hit runners taking part in a 100-kilometre cross-country mountain race in China, state media said Sunday.
I've got dozens of questions for which I expect few answers.

Re: 20+ XC ultra-marathon runners die in China tragedy

Posted: May 23 2021 8:28 pm
by ShatteredArm
Given the reports suggest that many of the runners were in shorts and t-shirts, it seems a pretty good bet that underpreparedness among some of the runners was a factor here. I wasn't surprised to hear many of the more competitive runners were among the fatalities.

Re: 20+ XC ultra-marathon runners die in China tragedy

Posted: May 23 2021 10:31 pm
by chumley
Repeated calls to Baiyin city propaganda department were not answered
At least they don't pretend it's anything else.

Re: 20+ XC ultra-marathon runners die in China tragedy

Posted: May 24 2021 10:21 am
by big_load
I read an article in the NYT today based on an interview with the only survivor of the lead pack, who was found unconscious by a shepherd and dragged into a cave to warm up. He said he had fallen and picked himself up about a dozen times before that. The lead group sounded similar to most elite ultra guys in their minimalism and their mental ability to push beyond the physical warning signs. I say "guys" purposely, since they also interviewed a woman who survived because she recognized severity of the situation and retreated down the mountain in time.

Re: 20+ XC ultra-marathon runners die in China tragedy

Posted: May 24 2021 10:25 am
by friendofThundergod
Let’s not dwell too much on the tragic circumstances and focus on what’s most important here, any FKTs?