Runner gets hit by lightning, finishes race 3rd

SILVERTON, Colo. — Canadian ultra-distance runner Adam Campbell was hit by lightning Friday night while running a 100-mile race in Colorado and still managed to finish third, according to

Campbell and his pacer, Aaron Heidt, saw a thunderstorm forming around the 60-mile mark on a high peak. They were hit by lightning as they were trying to get away from the area.

“There’s nothing up there, no place to hide, no rocks, no trees, nothing,” Campbell told “We really didn’t have much of a choice. We wanted to get over the peak as soon as we could and get out of there.”

After the strike, the two realized they were OK and were able to continue.

Campbell finished in third place in 25 hours, 56 minutes and 36 seconds.

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