21 Runners Killed By Freak Weather During Ultramarathon in ChinaOn Saturday, in northwest China’s Gansu Province, nearly 200 runners laced up for a 100k ultra race through mountainous and exposed terrain. A sudden, freezing storm blew in while the competitors were on the course, crossing a 6,500-foot pass. When many of the runners failed to register at checkpoints, a 1,200 person search party went looking for the missing. It appears most of the runners were dressed in light clothes, anticipating warmer conditions. Liang Jing, 31, one of China’s best runners, has been confirmed among the dead.