One run­ner fin­ishes Yukon Arc­tic Ul­tra 300-Miler

Canadian Running - - THE WARM-UP -

One fin­isher man­aged to com­plete the 300-mile race of the Yukon Arc­tic Ul­tra. Ac­cord­ing to Yukon-based writer Eva Hol­land, 21 peo­ple be­gan the dis­tance and the num­ber of peo­ple in the mix to fin­ish dwin­dled as tem­per­a­tures dipped to -45 C, which tem­po­rar­ily halted the race. Speak­ing about the frigid con­di­tions, a Feb. 6 post on the race web­site stated that “like on all the other days, we have seen tem­per­a­tures down to -40 C dur­ing the day. In all 14 pre­vi­ous races we have not had any­thing like that.” One par­tic­i­pant, Italy’s Roberto Zanda, was one of three re­main­ing ath­letes on course in the late stages of the 300-miler. Days later, he’s fight­ing to save his ex­trem­i­ties. Be­fore he was able to reach the next check­point, named McCabe, he “got into trou­ble about half way,” ac­cord­ing to the race. Ac­cord­ing to the cbc, race of­fi­cials found Zanda’s sled (and track­ing de­vice), with the run­ner nowhere to be found, dur­ing a rou­tine morn­ing check on Feb. 7. Res­cuers found him later that day and he was air­lifted to White­horse Gen­eral Hospi­tal. Zanda told the cbc through a trans­la­tor that he ditched the sled in hopes of find­ing help as hy­pother­mia set in.

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