|Joy and pain – a learning curve|
The tragic incident at the Ultra Cavalls del Vent gives us all cause for reflection…and provokes many questions. What can we do in the future to make our races safer? Can we continue to hold these marvellous, challenging races whatever the weather? How?
Not for the first time has the weather played havoc with a race. Not only rain, but snow has on various occasions affected the Dolomites SkyRace, the Sentiero Grigne, the Kima Trophy and Pikes Peak to name a few.
Over the years the ISF has experienced a number of difficult occasions, including some fatal accidents for various reasons. Now that longer and longer races are becoming popular and are actively embraced by the federation, this latest incident has provoked not only a case for reflection, but a need for action.
Work had already begun on collecting these unpleasant statistics with a view to creating more effective regulations but, after this last tragic loss, it is through creating awareness, their implementation and wholehearted adoption by the trail running community that can work towards a safer future.
On our part, with the support of the Athlete’s Commission and race organisers, we aim to have these recommendations in place for 2013.
The many post race reports reflect both the joy and pain of this event but right now, our thoughts lie with Teresa, her family and friends.
Mountains can be treacherous, or is it we who are treacherous in the mountains?