Well, bummer. In short, they can’t test the lake in time for the event, and since they don’t know if it’s contaminated with the parasite or not, the event has to be canceled. I understand there’s nothing they can do, but it’s still a bummer cause I’ve actually been training for this! What about all my pent up emotions and delusions of grandeur? I was pretty much planning on winning this, but without my advantage on the swim…well, maybe next year.
I think the 75 meter swim is kind of funny. I did it this morning and it takes me about 1:15 to swim that. I’m not sure why they’re doing it at all, unless it’s to spread people out so that they don’t have 200 people starting out on bikes all at the same time, but hey, it’s all good. I’m sure the race organizers have been pretty stressed out the last few days.
US Trisports Race Management
September 18, 2009
The Salt Lake Valley Health Department and Kennecott Land, the owner and operator of Oquirrh Lake have determined that the lake will be shut down for the season. As you can imagine, we are deeply disappointed that the swim will not happen in Oquirrh Lake, but support the decision to ensure that the health of our athletes is not in any way compromised.
We will be conducting a short 75 meter pool swim at the East Lake Pool with a 1 mile run to the transition area. While not coming close to the actual experience of a full distance open water swim, the combination of swim and run to the Transition Area should provide a fun challenge to the athletes before continuing on to the bike and run portion.
You will still need to arrive for chip timing pickup and body marking which is open from 5:30 – 6:30am. Please do not arrive later. After you receive your chip you may proceed to the transition area where you will rack your bike. You will need to proceed south, crossing Daybreak Parkway to the large field and assemble to the west of the stage. (North East corner of Kestrel Rise Rd. / Daybreak Parkway) We will shuttle athletes from there to the East Lake Pool. Olympic Athletes will go first followed by Sprint athletes. Bringing your running shoes with you to complete the run to the 1 mile run back to the Transition Area. Please note that spectators are not allowed in the pool area.
While not what any of us had planned we still think this will be a fabulous race. We’ve got great prizes and giveaways planned and the bike and run course should still be spectacular.
We have been overwhelmed with the amount of support from you, as athletes, and we appreciate your understanding. Thank you for realizing that these things happen and are beyond control. You are the reason we do what we do.
We look forward to seeing you there.
Greg Fawson and Aly Brooks
Please note that there will be no refunds offered and registrations can not be transferred to next year’s race. As athletes ourselves we have both participated in races where segments of the race have been cancelled or the entire race has been cancelled due to circumstances beyond the Race Director’s control. This is unfortunate for both the RD and the athlete and we have personally experienced this. In no cases were refunds offered. In the sport of triathlon, unfortunately race courses are subject to a number of circumstances which are beyond the control of the RD. If race directors gave refunds and transfers for pre-race injuries, health issues, personal circumstances, weather-related closures or any other reasons race directors would simply not be able to produce races. Expenses, permitting, contracting, medals, shirts, timing contracts, etc. are all contracted and paid before the race, so regardless of cancellation these contracts must still be honored.