Running

Turia Pitt is racing again

Marathon runner Turia Pitt, who was badly burned when an El Questro bushfire trapped her, is racing again.

She is planning to cycle from Sydney to Uluru next month, then to compete in the Lake Argyle Swim in May.

She is also studying for two Masters degrees.

Herald Sun [read this story]

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Sunday, February 2nd, 2014 People Comments Off

Treatment continues for Turia

Burns victim Turia Pitt says she will probably have to endure operations for the rest of her life.

A bushfire burned  80 percent of her body as she competed in the Racing the Planet marathon at El Questro in 2011.

She told the ABC she is studying for two post-graduate degrees and writing a book.

ABC [read this story]

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Sunday, May 5th, 2013 People Comments Off

Indigenous marathon runners wanted

Aboriginal runners are invited to try out for the Indigenous marathon project.

Kununurra’s Joseph Davies competed in the New York Marathon as part of Robert De Castella’s original program in 2010.

Kimberley Echo [read this story]

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Sunday, December 23rd, 2012 Aboriginal Comments Off

Racing the Planet: Victims to get $450k

The State Government is offering Kate Sanderson and Turia Pitt $450,000 each.

Tourism minister Kim Hames described the sums as “act of grace” payments to compensate the women for near fatal burns sustained when a bushfire hit the Kimberley ultramarathon last year.

The West Australian [read this story]

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Wednesday, November 14th, 2012 Business and finance, Government Comments Off

Racing the Planet: Tourism WA ‘not well placed’ to assess risks

Tourism WA’s chairperson said the agency was not well placed to assess risk-management plans.

She was giving evidence yesterday at an inquiry into the bushfire that badly burned several marathon runners at El Questro last year.

The West Australian [read this story]

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Thursday, May 10th, 2012 Government Comments Off

Racing the Planet ‘not to blame’ for burned runners

Racing the Planet CEO Mary Gadams said the company was not to blame for injuries suffered by marathon runners.

Ms Gadams gave evidence yesterday at a parliamentary inquiry into the bushfire that badly injured several competitors.

PerthNow [read this story]

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Thursday, May 3rd, 2012 Environment, Government, Police and courts Comments Off

Racing the Planet CEO fronts inquiry

Racing the Planet CEO Mary Gadams gave evidence into the inquiry into the disastrous marathon bushfire event yesterday.

She described the event, in which several runners were almost burned to death, as a tragedy.

ABC [read this story]

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Thursday, May 3rd, 2012 Environment, Government, Police and courts Comments Off

Racing the Planet ‘should give evidence’ says Premier

Premier Colin Barnett said he hoped Racing the Planet would cooperate with an inquiry into the bushfire disaster.

He said, if necessary, the police should lay negligence charges against the ill-fated marathon’s Hong Kong-based organisers.

The West Australian [read this story]

Yesterday runner Turia Pitt appeared at the parliamentary inquiry, heavily bandaged,to give her evidence.

Her lawyer said Ms Pitt and three fellow-competitors badly injured in the bushfire may sue the company.

The Australian [read this story]

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Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012 Environment, Government, Police and courts Comments Off
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