Congratulations to @campbelladam79 ! Male athlete of Ultra Dragon 65k group, team @Arcteryx . Hit the finish line with his wife Laura's company, 3rd place!! Time: 12:09:17 #lijiangskyview #freedomstate pic.twitter.com/8rNv0VmSq0
— LijiangSkyviewAdventure (@LijiangSkyview) May 12, 2018
Less than two years after suffering a broken pelvis and back in a climbing accident in B.C.’s Selkirk Mountains, Canadian Adam Campbell finished third at the Lijiang SkyView Adventure 65K trail ultra in China on Saturday.
Traversing the southern side of the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, the race starts in Baisha Ancient Town and passes through Lijiang Alpine Botanical Garden, Yulong Peak, Skyreach Pilla and Yulong Grand Canyon before looping back to the start.
Nick Elson, who was with Campbell the day of the accident and played an important role in saving his friend’s life, was himself participating in the Trail World Championships in Spain this weekend, but did not finish.
Less than a year after the accident, Campbell finished the Hardrock 100, a 100-mile endurance run in Colorado.
The Lijiang course, which mixes off-road, singletrack and steep mountain ascents encompasses glacial lake, alpine meadow, and virgin forest, at altitudes of between 2,400m and 4,460m.
The winner was Jiasheng Shen of China. Second was Kyle Obermann of Austin, Texas. Jamil Coury of Phoenix, Arizona was fifth.
Midnight starting line in Baisha Ancient Town for today’s @lijiangskyviewadventure 65K which traversed the Jade Snow Dragon Mountain in China. Fortunate for the opportunity to be here and run in this one of a kind epic race. Probably the toughest non-100 miler I’ve ever done with the combination of climbing, altitude and technicality. But man was it beautiful. Closed strong for fifth place in 12 hours 37 minutes. #salomonrunning #timetoplay #runsteepgethigh #jadedragonsnowmountain #china #lijiang
Among the women, all the podium finishers were from China, including Ruling Xing in first, Xiaohua Yang in second and Xiaolei Fu in third.