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Südtirol Ultra Skyrace
Extreme running race along the high mountain trail

Tragic accident casts a shadow on the Südtirol Ultra Skyrace

Saturday, the 7th edition of the Südtirol Ultra Skyrace 2019 has been overshadowed by a tragic accident. A participant from Norway has been struck by a lightning near the Lago di San Pancrazio and deadly injured.

The accident occurred around 7.15 pm. A group of runners was on their way near Lago di San Pancrazio at about 2,120 m of altitude, when a 44 year old Norwegian athlete was struck by lightning and injured during a thunderstorm. About 30 minutes before the accident, the race had been stopped due to the weather conditions and the athletes held up at Antran, the Rifugio Punta Cervina and the Rifugio Kesselberg. Some athletes though were on their way between these spots and could not be reached by the track marshals. Among them there was the group with the Norwegian runner.

Some athletes who had observed the accident called emergency. After first aid, the injured athlete was flown to Bolzano hospital by the rescue helicopter Pelikan I, where she succumbed to her injuries.

"We are shocked and deeply shaken by this tragic accident", commented Josef Günther Mair, chair of the Organising Committee of the Südtirol Ultra Skyrace. "We express our deepest condolences to the family of the athlete."

The award ceremony planned for Sunday 11 o'clock has been cancelled.

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