With the cancellation of Ultra Trail Du Mt Blanc (UTMB) just this past weekend, that makes at least three mountain ultras in the past year canceled mid-race due to bad weather. Chimera 100 mile 8 hours into the race, Pocatello 50 miler 17 miles in, and now UTMB 3 hours into the race. Being an Oregonian, I can’t help but think of the following Bill Bowerman quote:
There’s no such thing as bad weather, just soft people.
What the heck is going on with canceling races due to bad weather? Are we race directors ill-prepared? Are runners ill-prepared? Are we being overly cautious? Are we just allowing anybody to run our races, including those that have no idea how to take care of themselves in the mountains and thus RDs are forced to cancel due to liability concerns? Are we canceling because of volunteers? Do we not understand that it snows, rains, blows, hails, etc. in the mountains and that is just part of the challenge?
Fires are a completely different beast as the permitting agency tells us we can’t have our event. It is not subjective. But wind and rain? Totally subjective. What’s going on?