Runner killed after lightning strikes athletes throughout Greek mountain race


One runner was killed and one other severely injured on Sunday once they had been struck by lightning throughout a nighttime path race up a Greek mountain, native police stated.

The 2 males had been competing within the Six Peaks race, which takes place on Mount Falakro in northern Greece, when lightning struck the group of runners. The incident occurred at 4am at an altitude of 1,340 metres (4,400 toes).

Two fireplace service rescue squads ascended the mountain from the close by city of Drama to search out one runner, 55, already useless and one other, 56, severely injured. The injured runner was airlifted to hospital, the place authorities stated he was in critical situation. Neither man was recognized.

The 22.2-mile race had began at 7pm on Saturday within the village of Pyrgoi, and was scheduled to happen over Falakro’s six highest peaks in Greece, that are all greater than 6,500ft excessive. The mountain extends into Bulgaria.

The climate was good when the race began however through the night time heavy rain developed and the path grew to become muddy. By the point the lightning struck, a number of of the 55 runners collaborating had reached the end line. Runners had 12 hours to finish the race.

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