Chinese official media reported today, Sunday, that 21 competitors died as a result of a severe cold that swept a jogging race in the northwestern province of Gansu, Saturday.
The 100-kilometer race kicked off Saturday morning from a tourist site on the Yellow River, the country’s second longest. The path included deep valleys in rough terrain.
Pine city officials said in a press briefing on Sunday that a wave of cold, snowfall and gusty winds hit a mountainous section of the race track, during which temperatures fell sharply.
172 runners participated in the marathon. And the new China News Agency “Xinhua” reported that 151 contestants were confirmed as safe on Sunday, eight of whom sustained minor injuries.