On Thursday, July 18th, race officials of the New York City Triathlon announced that the 19th running of the race would be cancelled. The decision came at the hand of the severe heat wave that has swept through most of the Eastern and Midwest states – also making its presence felt in Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes.
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With temperatures in New York City around 38*C (without humidity), the decision put the athletes and volunteers safety first.“After exhausting all options to mitigate athlete, volunteer, spectator and staff exposure alike, we are unable to provide either a safe event experience or an alternate race weekend,” read the statement from race organizers. “As a result, in collaboration with the City of New York and all supporting agencies, the New York City triathlon has been cancelled.”
According to the New York City Triathlon site, all participants will receive a race refund and have the opportunity to pick up there race shirts and medals. Next year’s race is expected to go on as planned and will be held on July 19, 2020.