Athletes Stranded on Course After Snowfall

Athletes Stranded on Course After Snowfall

The DC Peaks 50 race is a 50 mile Ultra-Marathon that takes place in Northern Utah. It takes the runners along very extreme terrain involving a climb of more than 12,000 feet, with an average elevation of over 6,000 feet.  On October 9, more than a foot of snow fell on the area, leading to near white-out conditions. The winds whipped the snow at up to 40 mph and virtually erased the path.  These conditions led organizers to suspend the race, however 87 runners were still left on the trail.  Area first responders and volunteers started a search and rescue mission. They used snow mobiles and four wheel drive cars to locate the runners still left on the trail. All runners were rescued, accounted for, and treated. Many runners developed hypothermia, as they were severely underdressed for the unexpected conditions. All runners are currently in good condition.