Ultrarunner says he was hit by lightning in race

DENVER — Canadian ultrarunner Adam Campbell was over halfway through Colorado’s Hardrock 100 endurance race when he says he and his pacer were knocked to the ground by an indirect lightning strike on one of the state’s tallest mountains.

Still, he says he kept running and finished the 100-mile race up and down 13 mountain passes in third place.

Campbell and his pacer were alone at the time and the strike could not be independently confirmed.

He said Tuesday that he heard a huge cracking sound and saw a flash of light before what he believes was an indirect strike — when lightning passes through the ground or a tree to another object.

He said his headlamp exploded but he suffered no injuries.

The state averages three deaths and 15 injuries a year from lightning.

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