China Bans Ultra-Marathons and Off-Road Races

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The Gansu ultra-marathon in progress, before the disaster. Photo: Gansu Marathon Site/The Guardian

In the wake of the May 22 tragedy in Gansu Province, in which 21 runners died of hypothermia when a storm hit, the Chinese government has banned all long-distance and off-road races.

These include races through deserts and mountains, and even wingsuit flying and other extreme sports that China considers “insufficiently regulated.”

During the ban, the government will reassess safety measures and standards for such newly population competitions.

Rescuers in the Gansu Province. Photo: Associated Press

Since the tragedy, the race organizers have endured strong public criticism for their neglect and lack of transparency. They have begun to offer settlements to the families of the deceased, but the families, preferring answers, have refused.

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Kristine De Abreu

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Kristine De Abreu is a writer (and occasional photographer) based in sunny Trinidad and Tobago.

Since graduating from the University of Leicester with a BA in English and History, she has pursued a full-time writing career, exploring multiple niches before settling on travel and exploration. While studying for an additional diploma in travel journalism with the British College of Journalism, she began writing for ExWeb.

Currently, she works at a travel magazine in Trinidad as an editorial assistant and is also ExWeb's Weird Wonder Woman, reporting on the world's natural oddities as well as general stories from the world of exploration.

Although she isn't a climber (yet!), she hikes in the bush, has been known to make friends with iguanas and quote the Lord of the Rings trilogy from start to finish.

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Johnny
Johnny
9 days ago

When the author’s information is longer than the article haha. That title should grab a bunch of views though. Smh

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