Ultramarathoner struck by lightning mid-race, finishes third
Ultramarathoner Adam Campbell knows that if you are going to run a mountainous 100-mile race like the Hardrock 100, you are going to have to play through some pain, but getting struck in the head by lightning on top of a peak and continuing the race is simply crazy.
That is exactly what Campbell did though, when he and a pacer found themselves trapped on top of the race's highest peak when a thunderstorm came in. With nowhere to take shelter, the pair trudged on until a bolt came down and shorted out the runners headlamp.
The 35-year old Canadian told Competitor magazine that his friend could feel the heat coming off of his head after the incident, but Campbell persevered and finished in third place with a time of just under 26 hours.
When he finally finished the race he had this to say.
“Wow, that was a hard race. That course is legit—even without the lightning.”
Ultramarthoners are crazy people.