21 runners killed after weather sudden, dramatic weather change during mount race in China

Published May 23 2021 at 2:21 PM GMT
  • Twenty-one people died during a 62-mile mountain race in northwestern China after extreme weather struck the region, local officials said.
  • Liang Jing, a well-known 31-year-old ultramarathon champion, was among those who died.
  • The weather reportedly changed suddenly hours into the event while the runners were nearing the 12-mile mark at 6,500 feet above sea level.
  • "In a short period of time, hailstones and freezing rain fell in the area, and there were strong winds," Zhang Xuchen, the mayor of the nearby city of Baiyin, said.
  • Ultimately, 151 of the 172 participants were confirmed to be safe following a massive rescue effort.



  • Published May 23, 2021 2:21 PM GMT