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Lightning kills runner throughout nighttime mountain race in Greece, severely injures one other

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Lightning struck Sunday throughout a nighttime path race up a Greek mountain, killing one runner and severely injuring one other, Greek police and the fireplace service reported.

The 2 males had been operating within the Six Peaks race, which passes via the six highest peaks of Mount Falakro in northern Greece, when lightning struck a bunch of runners at 4 a.m. at an altitude of 4,400 ft, a police officer advised The Related Press.

Two fireplace service rescue squads got here up the mountain from the close by city of Drama to seek out one runner, 55, already useless and one other, 56, severely injured. The injured runner was airlifted to a hospital within the metropolis of Kavala, the place authorities mentioned he was in critical situation. Neither was recognized.

The 22.2-mile race had began at 7 p.m. Saturday within the village of Pyrgoi, 2,066 ft up the slopes of the 7,323-foot mountain. Falakro’s six highest peaks in Greece are throughout 6,500 ft excessive; the mountain extends into Bulgaria.

The climate was good when the race began however through the evening 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 at a mountain hut on high of the Falakro Ski Resort. Runners had 12 hours to finish the race.

View of Mount Falakro, jap Macedonia and Thrace, Greece

Picture by DeAgostini/Getty Photographs


The race is one among 5, and the second shortest, organized since 2018 by the Nevrokopi Climbing and Mountaineering Membership, situated within the close by city of Kato Nevrokopi underneath the collective title Frozen Peaks. The three longest races -269, 103 and 46 kilometers (167, 64 and 28.6 miles) – have been licensed by the Switzerland-based Worldwide Path Operating Affiliation.

Earlier this month, a lightning strike close to the White Home in Washington, D.C. killed three individuals and injured a fourth.

A CBS Information digicam that was recording on the White Home North Garden across the time of the lightning strike captured the highly effective rumble of the thunder.

The identical week, a lightning strike at an outdoor educator course in in Wyoming killed one scholar and injured one other. 



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