Runner killed while finishing 50K race in southeast Kansas

Lightening Risk

In this photo provided by Mile 90 Photography shows runner Thomas Stanley, left, near the start of the FlatRock 50K on Saturday, September 28, 2019, at the Elk City State Park.MILE 90 PHOTOGRAPHY VIA AP

Thomas Stanley, 33, of Andover, was less than a quarter mile (0.4 kilometer) from finishing the FlatRock trail race at the Elk City State Park when he was struck around 2:15 Saturday, said race director Carolyn Robinson.

She said the day started off hot and sunny before a small storm hit the area about 150 miles (240 kilometers) southwest of Kansas City, Missouri, “without warning.” Robinson said Stanley was struck “the moment the storm blew in.”

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