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Davis County ultra marathon canceled with multiple runners rescued

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A Davis County marathon was cancelled due to "bad weather" after dozens of runners became stranded on Oct. 9, 2021. (KUTV)

A Davis County ultra marathon was cancelled due to "bad weather" after 87 runners required assistance from search and rescue teams, officials stated.

The DC Peaks 50 started at 5 a.m. at East Mountain Wilderness Park in Kaysville and was set to end after 50 miles in Tunnel Springs Park in North Salt Lake. Organizers said it was "designed to take you along trails with the best views in the area" with an average elevation of 6,604 feet.

Search and rescue teams were responding Saturday morning and making sure all participants were off the mountains east of Davis County. Officials said there was 12-18 inches of snow and near white-out conditions in the area.

The race was suspended at the top of Farmington Canyon, where the second station of the race was situated, about 18.4 miles from the starting point.

Officials said all runners have since been accounted for and are safely off the mountain.

Emergency medical personnel from Farmington Fire Department and South Davis Fire Department helped treat injuries at the base of the mountain and said some runners were treated for hypothermia and released at the scene.

"Just a friendly reminder to be aware of weather conditions before you head out to enjoy the great outdoors," Davis County Sheriff's Office officials said on social media.

Sheriff Kelly Sparks also added a reminder about the weather and expressed gratitude for those who helped in the incident.

“Venturing onto the mountains, trails, and bodies of water at this time of year can be dangerous because the weather changes rapidly and conditions can quickly become life threatening," he said. "Even a mild rain in the valley can translate to blizzard conditions at higher elevations.”

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