In cross-country snowboarding in China, 21 individuals die as a result of excessive climate

BEIJING – 21 people running a mountain marathon have died in northwest China after hail, freezing rain and storm winds hit the race at high altitude, state media reported on Sunday.

After a nightly rescue operation in freezing temperatures with more than 700 employees, the rescuers were able to confirm that 151 people out of a total of 172 participants were safe. Twenty-one had died, according to the official Xinhua News Agency, which said the runners were suffering from physical discomfort and the sudden drop in temperature.

The runners rest on an extremely narrow mountain path at an altitude of 2,000 to 3,000 meters. The 100-kilometer race took place on Saturday at the Yellow River Stone Forest tourist attraction in Baiyin City, Gansu Province.

It was a relatively established course, held four times, according to a report published online by a participant in the race who stopped and managed to get to safety.

But the weather had surprised her, and by the morning of the race on Saturday he could already sense that things were not normal. The runners weren’t dressed for wintry conditions; many wore short-sleeved tops.

“I ran 2 kilometers before the starting weapon was fired to warm up … but the problem was my body still hadn’t warmed up after those 2 kilometers,” said the competitor on an ego account that had been viewed more than 100,000 times on his WeChat account “Wandering about the South”.

The most difficult section, from kilometer 24 (mile 15) to kilometer 36 (mile 22), climbed 1,000 meters. There he said the path was just a mixture of stone and sand, and his fingers went numb from the cold.

By the time he finally decided to turn back, he was already feeling light-headed. He said he could get it to safety and met a rescue team. He did not respond to a request for comment on his social media account.

Those who were still on their way and needed to be rescued fell deep into the crevasses of the mountains, according to a reporter for state television broadcaster CCTV.

Video recordings showed rescuers in winter jackets in the pitch dark night, searching with flashlights on steep hills and narrow paths.

Baiyin City Mayor Zhang Xuchen held a press conference later on Sunday and deeply apologized for organizing the event.

“We extend our deep condolences and condolences to the families of the victims and injured,” said the mayor.

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