Ultramarathon Runner Gets Struck by Lightning, Runs the Last 40 Miles, Takes Third Place

adam campbell ultramarathon runner struck by lightning

Last Friday, an ultramarathon runner was struck by lightning during the Hardrock 100 trail running race in Silverton, Colorado.

But did he die? No, he didn’t die. He took third place.

On the one hand, the idea that a runner would get struck by lightning and continue running is absolutely insane. On the other hand, we are talking about a guy who thinks running 100 miles is fun. So maybe this isn’t that surprising after all.

Adam Campbell of Calgary, Alberta, was just past the Hardrock’s 60-mile aid station when he and his pacer, Aaron Heidt, got caught in a nasty thunderstorm as they approached the 14,058-foot summit of Handies Peak. With no cover or shelter of any kind available, the two had no choice but to keep running and hope for the best. Then, just as they reached the top, lightning struck and knocked them to the ground.

Heidt said he felt a stab of electricity in the back of his head. Campbell said the bolt fried his headlamp. However, when they both realized they were okay, they got back up and continued down the mountain.

Campbell says he struggled a little bit after that, running in torrential rainstorms in the middle of the night. But apparently he recovered and ran a strong final 15 miles (over half a regular marathon) to take third place at 25 hours, 56 minutes, and 36 seconds.

If you didn’t think ultramarathon runners were f*cking insane before, you probably do now, right?

Hat Tip – [Competitor]


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