Czech Runner Dies from Falling During UTMB’s TDS Race in Chamonix


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There was sad news coming out of Chamonix, France, early on the early morning of August 25.

The Extremely-Path du Mont-Blanc race business claimed that a male runner from the Czech Republic competing in the one hundred forty five-km TDS race died immediately after suffering a negative fall and significant injuries. The accident occurred at the 62.three km mark on the descent of the Passeur de Pralognan, an 8,421-foot mountain move west of Chamonix, France.

It is considered to be the 1st dying in the 19-yr historical past of the Extremely-Path du Mont-Blanc races in and all-around Chamonix.

A spokesperson for the race said the UTMB race business is deeply saddened and wished the international path operating community to join in offering condolences to the family and close friends of the victim.

When the accident occurred at twelve:25 a.m. CET, the rescue staff stationed on the course responded to the scene instantly and added unexpected emergency staff was referred to as into action by way of helicopter help. In spite of everyday living-conserving remedies, the runner (who is staying held nameless until eventually all family users have been notified) succumbed to his injuries. Because of the distant and elaborate character of the rescue functions, the race was partially halted and the runners situated at the Passeur de Pralognan, and even further back again, were instructed by the race committee to flip all-around and go back again down to Bourg Saint-Maurice, where by they were fulfilled and transported back again to Chamonix.

The TDS course is extremely technological with several uncovered sections (Photograph: Courtesy UTMB/Franck Oddoux)

The race commenced on Tuesday afternoon in Courmayeur, Italy, and runners seasoned very clear skies and awesome temperatures as a result of the evening and into the early early morning. The 293 runners who had previously run as a result of Passeur de Pralognan were permitted to proceed on to finish the race, but the remainder of the approximately one,200 runners who were turned back again will not be capable to proceed.

Norway’s Erik-Sebastian Krogvig was the eventual winner of the TDS, earning it back again to Chamonix immediately after eighteen several hours, forty nine minutes, fifty eight seconds. The TDS race, formally identified as the Sur les Traces des Ducs de Savoie, is the most technically tough race during the UTMB week, with quite a few craggy climbs and descents that involve precise footing and equilibrium.

“This is a difficult part of the course,” studies Path Runner Magazine contributor Doug Mayer, who lives in the Chamonix location. “You’ve just climbed 2,000 meters in about ten km, then want to keep on to chains on the other facet. They have a rescue group suitable there at this spot, always. It is the most technological instant of the race.”