Eighty-seven people were rescued during an ultramarathon in Davis County, Utah, as blizzard-like weather resulted in “near whiteout conditions” on October 9, the Davis County Sheriff’s Office said.
The DC Peaks 50 race was suspended after the runners were stranded in extreme weather that brought 12-18 inches of snow near Farmington Canyon.
The sheriff’s office said search and rescue personnel covered the entire race course by foot and with 4×4s and snowmobiles, as they took several hours to help the runners off the mountain.
All runners were accounted for by 2:45 pm on October 9, the sheriff’s office said.
A few runners were treated for hypothermia, with one person also treated for a minor injury following a fall.
The ultramarathon is a 50-mile race described as a “tough course” with just under 12,000 feet of ascent and 10,000 feet of descent. Credit: Davis County Sheriff’s Office via Storyful