Nearly 90 trail runners were rescued at the weekend when they were participating in an ultramarathon in the mountains in Davis County, Utah, and faced a sudden snowstorm in the area.
In a statement on Saturday morning, Oct. 9, the Davis County Sheriff’s Office announced that their “Search and Rescue volunteers and other first responders retrieved 87 runners from extreme weather conditions near Farmington Canyon.”
The office said that the runners experienced extreme weather, with 12-18 inches of snow and near white-out conditions.
After they were notified about the incident, the office’s search and rescue team responded by covering the entire race course on foot and with 4x4s and snowmobiles to assist the runners off the mountain. After about five hours, all the runners got down the mountain safely.
The sheriff’s office revealed that several runners had to be treated for hypothermia but were released at the scene, with one sustaining a minor injury from a fall.
“Huge THANKS to everyone who ensured this was a swift and safe rescue,” Sheriff Kelly Sparks wrote in a Facebook post.
The sheriff also reminded that “venturing off onto the mountains, trails, and bodies of water at this time of year can be dangerous because the weather changes rapidly and condition can quickly become life threatening.”