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China’s Deadly Ultramarathon Blamed on Negligence by Organizers

HONG KONG—Chinese officials said mismanagement and negligence by local officials and the operators of a 60-mile ultramarathon in the country’s western mountains led to the deaths of 21 runners last month. The death toll among participants in the Yellow River Stone Forest Ultramarathon was among the worst in mountain sports—exceeding even devastating climbing accidents including…

HONG KONG–Chinese officials stated mismanagement and neglect by local officials and the operators of that a 60-mile ultramarathon in the country’s western hills led to the deaths of 21 runners last month.

The death toll among participants at the Yellow River Stone Forest Ultramarathon was among the worst at mountain sport –exceeding even devastating climbing accidents such as the 1991 Kawagarbo avalanche that killed 17–and shocked the nation.

Five individuals affiliated with the Gansu Jingsheng Sports Co., the race’s operator, have been arrested and will face criminal charges, investigators said at a news conference Friday. Two local officials will face area by China’s Communist Party, while more than a dozen more have been sacked or demoted, the investigators said.

The researchers also confirmed the departure of  Li Zuobi, party secretary of Jingtai County, which co-hosted the race. Researchers stated that he shouldere

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