ROCKPORT, Wash. (AP) _ An Australian man descending a rocky slope as part of a 400-mile adventure race was struck and killed by a falling boulder.

Eight members of Nigel Aylott's team and an American team were hiking down the slope when a boulder that weighed more than 300 pounds came loose, Chief Deputy Sheriff Will Reichardt said.

Aylott, who was not wearing a helmet, was struck in the head. Two other racers were injured.

The Australian and American teams were leading the Subaru Primal Quest race, which involves hiking, biking and kayaking stages. Helmets were required for only the biking portion.

The race, which began Sunday and was expected to last about 10 days, was halted after the death. Organizers said the race would resume early Thursday, as Aylott's team and his family had urged. But they said the course would be shortened.

Aylott, 38, was an experienced racer, finishing in the top three in 12 adventure races around the world, according to his team's Web site.

The race was being taped for broadcast on CBS in January. A spokesman for the race said the future of the television broadcast was unclear.


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