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“Apocalyptic” weather stopped the UTMB

August 28, 2010

UTMB restart from Courmayeur saturday at 10am, without Kilian Jornet and Thomas Lorblanchet. read more.

You have to really respect the resolution of  the UTMB race organisation who felt they were forced to stop the race after just a few hours. They showed maturity and responsability for everyone involved, runners and volonteers along the course. Of course it’s a huge dissapointment but hey, it’s only for fun! Nobody should need to die while we are playing. People have died in mountain races the past years, in Germany and France, due to extreme weather and passive race organisations, with grief and sadness in the wake.

Mountain running is a way to celebrate life. If you are strong and fit you can run up and down big mountains 30, 40 hours without sleep. But you are also very exposed on the mountain trails. The UTMB covers 166 K and +9400m/-9400m. It’s a huge area for search and rescue operations. Imagine what could have happened with a huge chunk of the 2300 runners in distress. I don’t know yet how the organisation solved the transfer back or accomodation but at least everybody came back safe. We owe our families that.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. August 29, 2010 0:29

    Mountains are very unpredictable and one needs to respect that. Stopping the race in such conditions was the only reasonable thing to do.

    • fredrikolmqvist permalink*
      September 2, 2010 4:44

      I agree and hope that participants in these kind of events can accept and respect that this responsability is more important than their egos.

  2. Giovanni Caramia permalink
    September 9, 2010 12:47

    Photos & Movies from UTMB 2010 start in Chamonix:

    • fredrikolmqvist permalink*
      September 10, 2010 10:32

      Thanks for the video clip Giovanni, I will make a link. Best Fredrik

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