Ultramarathon burn victim wins AUD$10m payout

Turia Pitt

Turia Pitt

An ultramarathon runner who suffered life-threatening burns when a bushfire tore through an event in Western Australia is believed to have reached a AUD$10 million settlement with the race organisers. Turia Pitt, 26, suffered burns covering more than 60 per cent of her body while running in the 100km race in WA’s Kimberley region in September 2011.

A WA parliamentary committee later found Hong Kong-based organisers Racing the Planet did not take reasonable steps to ensure the safety of the runners, several of whom were burnt in the blaze. Ms Pitt and another severely burnt runner, Kate Sanderson, were each given AUD$450,000 in act-of-grace payments from the WA government. But Racing the Planet had continued to deny fault and legal proceedings were begun against the race organiser. Her lawyer, Greg Walsh, said the Supreme Court action launched in February last year had ended in an out-of-court settlement. Ms Sanderson, 38, settled with Racing the Planet last year in a separate agreement.

Article courtesy of Touchline Magazine