CH Couple Saves Injured Man During Race

CH Couple Saves Injured Man During Race
Posted on 09/11/2017

Cottonwood Heights residents Jeffery and Traci Andreason had been training for several months in anticipation for the Spartan Race, a grueling challenge involving running and climbing through all kinds of muddy conditions. 

The race was held at Nordic Valley in Weber County on Aug. 5. A few minutes into the race, Traci heard a noise that sounded like something crashing down the mountain. When they investigated, the Andreasons found one of the race volunteers, a medic, had crashed an ATV 200 feet down the rough mountain terrain and was seriously injured. 

Traci, a registered nurse who also works in Cottonwood Heights, gave the injured man medical attention as Jeffery lifted him from the vehicle. Without cellphones or a radio, the Andreasons were able to flag down a few other runners who alerted rescue authorities from the Weber County Sheriff’s Office Search and Rescue team. Traci and Jeffery stayed with the man until he was lifted from the canyon by a Life Flight helicopter crew. He was eventually flown to a nearby hospital with serious injuries. 

The Andreasons spent about three hours with the crash victim, sacrificing their spots in the race, but Traci says they were in the “right place at the right time” and are grateful the man is expected to make a full recovery.