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


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

The Extremely-Path du Mont-Blanc race firm noted that a male runner from the Czech Republic competing in the 145-km TDS race died after suffering a poor slide and serious accidents. The incident happened at the 62.3 km mark on the descent of the Passeur de Pralognan, an 8,421-foot mountain go west of Chamonix, France.

It is believed to be the to start with dying in the 19-12 months record of the Ultra-Path du Mont-Blanc races in and all over Chamonix.

A spokesperson for the race reported the UTMB race organization is deeply saddened and wished the international path running group to be a part of in featuring condolences to the family and close friends of the target.

When the accident occurred at 12:25 a.m. CET, the rescue staff stationed on the training course responded to the scene immediately and extra crisis staff was called into motion through helicopter assist. Regardless of existence-saving treatment plans, the runner (who is remaining kept nameless until finally all spouse and children members have been notified) succumbed to his injuries. For the reason that of the remote and intricate nature of the rescue operations, the race was partly halted and the runners positioned at the Passeur de Pralognan, and additional back, had been instructed by the race committee to change all-around and go back down to Bourg Saint-Maurice, where by they were satisfied and transported back to Chamonix.

The TDS study course is incredibly technical with many exposed sections (Image: Courtesy UTMB/Franck Oddoux)

The race commenced on Tuesday afternoon in Courmayeur, Italy, and runners experienced obvious skies and amazing temperatures through the evening and into the early early morning. The 293 runners who experienced already run through Passeur de Pralognan had been permitted to keep on on to end the race, but the remainder of the around 1,200 runners who have been turned back again will not be equipped to continue.

Norway’s Erik-Sebastian Krogvig was the eventual winner of the TDS, generating it back again to Chamonix after 18 several hours, 49 minutes, 58 seconds. The TDS race, officially identified as the Sur les Traces des Ducs de Savoie, is the most technically challenging race throughout the UTMB week, with many craggy climbs and descents that call for exact footing and harmony.

“This is a tough part of the program,” studies Trail Runner Magazine contributor Doug Mayer, who lives in the Chamonix location. “You’ve just climbed 2,000 meters in about 10 km, then need to have to hold on to chains on the other aspect. They have a rescue team proper there at this spot, always. It is the most specialized minute of the race.”