Nearly 90 runners rescued after snowstorm strands them during Utah marathon

FARMINGTON, Utah — Roughly 87 runners stranded by blizzard-like conditions during a Utah marathon on Saturday have been found safe, authorities confirmed.

Davis County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue said it responded to assist runners caught in bad weather along the DC Peaks 50 ultra trail route in the mountains east of the county, KSL-TV reported.

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Posted by Davis County Sheriff's Search and Rescue on Saturday, October 9, 2021

According to the TV station, the race began at 5 a.m., but severe wintry weather struck about five hours into the 50-mile trek, prompting the rescue effort spanning Francis Peak, Thurston Peak and Farmington Canyon.

The runners, found in “various states of distress,” encountered “white-out” conditions as they were pummeled by 12 to 18 inches of fresh snow. Rescue officials confirmed that no significant injuries were sustained and that no medical transport was required, ABC4 reported.

The snow was accompanied by 20-degree temperatures and swirling winds of about 30 mph, KSL-TV reported.

According to the TV station, the marathon’s organizers had encouraged runners on Friday to arrive for the race prepared for inclement weather.

Meanwhile, the designated trail is described as a “tough course” with about 12,000 feet of vertical gain and 10,000 feet of descent, ABC4 reported.