Based on surveys Barnes collected, the top five worries of parents are, in order:
But how do children really get hurt or killed?
2.Homicide (usually committed by a person who knows the child, not a stranger)
Why such a big discrepancy between worries and reality? Barnes says parents fixate on rare events because they internalize horrific stories they hear on the news or from a friend without stopping to think about the odds the same thing could happen to their children.
I used to worry about getting hurt or lost on the trail when I was out running. I gotta say that in my years of back country running, I have never heard of such an occurrence resulting in death.
No that it can't or won't, and I'm sure it's happened. But all in all, this is a pretty safe endeavor. The universe of participants is extraordinarily fit, and I'd say, resourceful.