On August 13, 2016 at about 11:30 AM Gallatin County Search and Rescue was called out for a report of an ill runner participating in the Bridger Ridge Run. The 45-year-old man from Iowa made it to the top of Bridger Bowl where he became disoriented, and dizzy. He was met by medical personnel monitoring the race. Doctors on scene requested immediate evacuation. Given the terrain, Reach Air Ambulance was called and responded to the scene. Within 50 minutes of the time of call, the man was transported to Bozeman Deaconess Hospital.
The man stated later that he arrived in Bozeman on Thursday and thought that he was effected by the altitude. Iowa is at about 1,500 feet above sea level and the Bridger Ridge Run is close to a 20 mile race that reaches elevations of 9,400 feet. Though incidents of High Altitude Cerebral Edema are rare in this area, they can occur. It is uncertain whether this man suffered from that or just altitude sickness. Sheriff Gootkin would like to remind outdoor enthusiasts travelling to higher altitudes to acclimate properly.