Friday, June 6th, 2014

Turia Pitt burns case: Race organisers deny liability

Racing the Planet’s organisers deny liability for horrific burns suffered by Turia Pitt and three other marathon runners.

Organiser Mary Gadams issued a statement denying liability for Ms Pitt’s injuries, sustained while competing in the 2011 El Questro event.

It also disputing the amount of the reported “out of court” settlement.

“RacingThePlanet believes it is clear that the fire that burnt Ms Pitt was deliberately lit and is very concerned that this has not been properly investigated,” the statement reads.

You can read it in its entirety here:

JOINT MEDIA STATEMENT ISSUED BY TURIA PITT AND RACINGTHEPLANET

 

There has been extensive misreporting in the media about the settlement reached between Turia Pitt and RacingThePlanet.

 

Turia Pitt and RacingThePlanet are issuing this joint statement to correct the misreporting.

 

Turia Pitt and RacingThePlanet are pleased that a settlement has been reached and that the parties have avoided a lengthy and uncertain court case.

 

The settlement represents a commercial outcome that involved both parties making compromises. Contrary to certain media reports, there have been no admissions of liability. Media reports as to the settlement amount are also wildly incorrect. RacingThePlanet deeply regrets the injuries suffered by Ms Pitt but strongly denies that it was in any way liable for them.

 

RacingThePlanet wishes Ms Pitt all the very best for the future. It hopes that the settlement enables her to move on from this tragic event and to continue to make the fantastic progress in her recovery that has been evident to date.

 

Ms Pitt and RacingThePlanet will not be making any further comment in relation to the settlement.

 

RacingThePlanet believes it is clear that the fire that burnt Ms Pitt was deliberately lit and is very concerned that this has not been properly investigated (including by the WA Parliamentary inquiry) nor has the culprit been held to account. RacingThePlanet welcomes recent initiatives by the WA Acting Minister for Tourism to re-open these investigations and is willing to assist in any way it can.

 

3 June 2014

 

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