Death toll rises to 21 in mountain marathon in China's Gansu

Death toll rises to 21 in mountain marathon in China's Gansu

Death toll rises to 21 in mountain marathon in China's Gansu

As of Sunday, 151 participants had been confirmed safe, including the injured, the official Xinhua news agency reported.

They "described to us people foaming at their mouths, and urged us to quit the race as soon as possible", she said.

Rescue teams were sent after the weather changed at 13:00 local time, confirming the deaths of 21 runners at 8:00 the following day.

Shivering in the cold, she turned back before the high-altitude section, due to previous bad experiences with hypothermia.

Early this morning, rescuers found 21 dead, including the last of the five missing following an all-night search that involved more than 700 personnel.

A separate report on the website of provincial weather services on Thursday also predicted a "significant" drop in temperature in most parts of Gansu - including Baiyin - through Sunday.

Among the dead were elite Chinese long-distance runners, Liang Jing and Huang Guanjun.

"The race has been halted", the agency said. I couldn't stand up straight because of the wind, I was very anxious I'd be blown over.

High winds and freezing rain hit the sit in the Gansu province, with temperatures rapidly plummeting to zero degrees on Saturday night.

More accounts have since emerged about the race, which began at 09:00 local time (01:00 GMT) on Saturday.

'The local organisers have an inescapable responsibility for the bad weather in the marathon!

Temperatures plummeted again in the mountainous area overnight, making the search more hard, according to Xinhua.

Meanwhile, the blame game has already started with the Chinese public directing their anger at the Baiyin government over the lack of contingency planning.

Gansu, one of China's poorest regions, borders Mongolia to the north and Xinjiang to the west.

Deadly floods and landslides have hit the province in the past, with mudslides reportedly killing well over 1,000 people in one town in 2010.

Marathons and extreme sports have seen a surge in popularity among China's middle class in recent years.

What was described as one of the most fatal incidents to happen in the history of Chinese sporting events, happened during the 2021 100km mountain ultra-marathon. It is believed that runners suffered from hypothermia and related medical issues.

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