INDEPENDENCE, Kan. — An ultra marathon runner has died after lightning struck him as he was approaching his 50K finish.

The FlatRock 50K & 25K event organizers confirm 33-year-old Thomas Stanley was killed at the event in Independence, Kansas Saturday.

Thomas’ family says that the chances of being killed by a lightning strike are about one in a million, and Thomas was truly a one-in-a-million guy. Our deepest condolences to Thomas’ family and all who knew this wonderful man.

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