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Police Recommend Inquiry Into Australian Ultra

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Feb. 8, 2012
  • Updated Feb. 8, 2012 at 11:28 AM UTC
Kate Sanderson was a victim in last year's Kimberley Ultramarathon. Photo: Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Two runners were severely burned last year.

The Australian Broadcasting Corporation is reporting that a senior police official who headed the investigation into the tragedy at the Kimberley Ultramarathon last year has stated that the race and its organizers should be the subject of a formal inquiry.

Runners in the West Australian event got caught in a horrific wildfire that left two participants, Kate Sanderson and Turia Pitt, with horrific burns.The women had been trapped in a bushfire.

The Kimberley Ultramarathon was hosted by a Hong Kong company called “Racing the Planet”.

The internal police report was written by Kimberley District Superintendent Mick Sutherland who raised serious questions about the race’s organization and management. The brother Kate Sanderson, Ian, said he will use the report to further substantiate a broader investigation by the Australian Government.

“I believe the findings very much support the discoveries we’ve made ourselves,” he said. ”Anybody with a logical mind would quickly conclude there are very strong reasons why an investigation should take place.”

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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