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Members of the U.S. Forest Service’s Blue Ridge Hotshots and other firefighters watch as the Yarnell Hill Fire advances on the town of Yarnell, Arizona, on June 30, 2013.     Photo: AP Images

Yarnell Hill Firefighters’ Families Settle Lawsuit

Twelve of 19 families settled for $50,000 each

The families of 12 of the firefighters killed in the 2013 Yarnell Hill Fire in Arizona settled their lawsuit with the state on Tuesday after a yearlong legal debate, the Los Angeles Times reported.
 
Twelve of 19 families of the Granite Mountain Hotshots sued the state for negligence and settled for $50,000 each. The remaining seven families will receive $10,000 each from a workplace lawsuit filed Monday. Many complained that the state never explained the fire’s cause or how the deaths may have been avoided.
 
“For the families, I hope this settlement can achieve a modicum of peace,” Patrick McGroder, the attorney who represented the families, told the Los Angeles Times. “Through this settlement, the legacy of their loved ones will never be forgotten.”
 
A 2013 report by local, state, and federal investigators found that management errors, along with terrain and weather conditions, contributed to the deaths. It did not find any recklessness or negligence.
 
Following the settlement, the Arizona State Forestry Division plans to improve fire management and communications. It will also encourage a new course for firefighters on the reality of death.

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More Than 1,000 French Mud Race Participants Sick

About one out of every eight participants in the mud run became ill with norovirus-like symptoms.     Photo: Kenny Holston/Flickr

More Than 1,000 French Mud Race Participants Sick

Cause remains unclear

Participants of an 8.1-mile mud race held near Nice, France, on June 20, have reported symptoms including diarrhea, vomiting, stomach cramps, and fever, according to Agence Regionale de Sante (ARS). As of June 26, of the sold-out event’s 8,400 participants, more than 1,000 have complained of illness.

Race organizers for the Mud Day first issued a statement on June 22. “[We] have immediately decided to make every effort to determine what could be causing stomach upset some competitors complain,” the Mud Day said on its website.

The cause of the widespread sickness remains unclear, though one participant said that the racecourse shared space with the local equestrian center.

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WATCH: Cyclist Performs Tricks on Road Bike

Pro cyclist Vittorio Brumotti performed tricks on a road bike in Laguna Beach, California.     Photo: Global Cycling Network/YouTube

WATCH: Cyclist Performs Tricks on Road Bike

The second video featuring Brumotti

Mountain bike company Crank Brothers released a video on Tuesday of pro cyclist Vittorio Brumotti performing tricks on a road bike, according to Road.cc. The video shows Brumotti balancing, jumping, and riding in Laguna Beach, California. This is the second video the Italian cyclist has recorded.

Watch Road Bike Freestyle 2 here:

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Boulet and Krar Win at Western States

    Photo: Pam Kennedy/GU Energy Labs

Boulet and Krar Win at Western States

First-time 100-miler and returning champion take top spots

Rob Krar and Magdalena Boulet took first place in the men’s and women’s races at the 2015 Western States Endurance Run, Runner’s World reported Monday. The 100-mile race requires runners to climb and descend about 40,000 feet, from Squaw Valley to Auburn, California, with temperatures surpassing 90 degrees.

Returning from his victory in 2014, Krar crossed the finish line with a time of 14:48:59, just over the course record of 14:46:44, set by Timothy Olson in 2012. “Obviously the record was on my mind,” Krar told Runner’s World. “But my goal was to win the race, to take that cougar [trophy] home.”

The weekend’s race was the first 100-mile event for Boulet, who took placed second in the marathon at the 2008 Olympic Trials, with a time of 2:30:19, but Western States was her sixth straight ultra-distance event (including her victory in The North Face Endurance Challenge Championship last December).

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Chris Mosier Qualifies for U.S. Duathlon Team

Chris Mosier Qualifies for U.S. Duathlon Team

First transgender male to qualify for a national squad in any sport

Chris Mosier became the first publicly transgender man to make a U.S. national team, according to Vice Sports. Mosier, founder of TransAthlete, came in 37th out of 117 competitors at the Duathlon National Championships earlier this June in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Mosier clocked a time of 1:02:45.48 in the sprint duathlon, which includes two running segments and one biking leg. His time qualified him to represent the United States at the 2016 World Championships in Spain. The top eight competitors in the men’s 35-to-39 age group earned spots on the national team for the 2016 World Championships. Mosier placed seventh.

Mosier was born a woman and began entering triathlons in 2009 as a female, but he transitioned and ran his first race as a male in 2010, Vice reports. “I’ve gotten more and more competitive in the male age group, working toward the elite level,” Mosier told the Advocate. “My hope is that athletes who are questioning their gender identity can see me and hear my story and know they don’t have to give up their identity as an athlete to live authentically.”

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