Ultramarathoner struck by lightning mid-race, finishes third

Monday July 14th, 2014

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.

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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.


-Brendan Maloy

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