The race company is under increasing scrutiny for its staging of the event.
Organizers of the Kimberly Ultramarathon in Western Australia are under intense focus in light of the recent tragedy involving four of its particpants who were severely burned last week after being caught in a bushfire.
A former competitor said they were “grossly underprepared” for last year’s 250K race and had to urgently fly in IV fluids.
The event was organized by RacingThePlanet, a Hong Kong-based company. A spokesperson for the company has said they spoke to “authorities” before going ahead with this year’s race.
“We don’t know which authority they actually checked with,” acting police sergeant Adam Conwell said. “We are obviously keen to find that out.”
Two women remain in critical condition with burns over 80-90 percent of their bodies. Two other male runners have burns over 20 percent of their bodies.
RacingThePlanet’s U.S. founder, Mary Gadams, also suffered burns, but has since been released from the hosptial.
It has since been learned that a U.S. runner died from heat stroke in last year’s Gobi Desert Marathon in China–a race hosted by the same company.
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