Tragedy strikes at Grand Raid race
This is the Grand Raid season in France and yesterday as adverse weather conditions descended on an 80km mountain event, the Grand Raid du Mercantour, 50km north of Nice, 3 runners perished in tragic circumstances.
The alarm was raised as a number of competitors had not returned by the 6pm cut-off time, and emergency services were scrambled in attempt to locate the missing people. Local news site mauville.com reports that poor weather could have been a large contributory factor in the deaths of the three competitors, 2 men and a woman, all in their 50’s.
This occurrence one again reiterates the dangers that mountain running brings, and following the untimely death of Jon Tvedt earlier this year it is an example of how the mixture of terrain and weather conditions can catch out even the most experienced of runners and trekkers.