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Unread 2012-05-04, 9:54   #1
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"Her face hidden behind a black mask, a former model spoke yesterday of the horrific burns she suffered in a bushfire while running a marathon.

Turia Pitt, 24, told a parliamentary inquiry that event organisers had given little warning of the risk of being engulfed in an Outback blaze.

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Yet only a few miles into the race a wildfire trapped her in a rocky gorge, leaving her with ‘nowhere to go’.

‘It just got hotter and hotter and hotter and I couldn’t stand it any more so I jumped up and tried to run and that’s when I got burned,’ she said.

Miss Pitt suffered 64 per cent burns and was taken to a specialist unit in Sydney where she had skin grafts on her back, legs and face.

Another victim, Kate Sanderson, told the parliamentary inquiry in Perth there was a severe shortage of staff on the 60-mile course in Kimberley, Western Australia." (More)
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and that's why I only run 5Ks... I don't get far enough away from the start/finish line to where the staff can't save me in case of fire.
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Unread 2012-05-04, 14:04   #3
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Good thinking. Also good thinking not to run marathons in the Australian Outback.

Unless you're running from Lord Humongous, Ayatollah of Rock'n'Rolla that is.
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