IMPORTANT NOTICE: Triathlon Canada and @kelownaappletri update to Sunday race schedule that includes CAMTRI race details, canceled National Championships, and details on age group ITU World Championship qualification spots. https://t.co/lExOdawbxh pic.twitter.com/KTYHeJ9JgP
— Triathlon Canada (@TriathlonCanada) August 18, 2018
Due to Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) rated at 10+ in the Kelowna region, which is considered very high risk, all races at the Kelowna Apple Triathlon have been cancelled on Saturday including the CAMTRI/National Championship semifinals. Race officials plan to go ahead with Sunday’s planned schedule providing the air quality improves.
The Kelowna Apple Triathlon and Triathlon Canada have cancelled the Elite/U-23/Junior National Championships; however, race officials are planning to conduct a CAMTRI sprint race for both men and women on Sunday, August 19.
Elite and Under-23 Men – 10:45 a.m.
Junior Men – 10:50 a.m.
Elite and Under-23 Women – 11 a.m.
Junior Women – 11:05 a.m.
Kelowna Apple Triathlon Age Group Events/ITU World Championship Qualifying Spots
All Kelowna Apple Triathlon age group races are moving forward as planned on Sunday, providing the AQHI improves overnight.
7:15 a.m. – Standard Distance
8:10 a.m. – Sprint Distance
AQHI 9 – 10+: event delayed or cancelled if conditions don’t improve
AQHI 7-8: event delayed or modified
AQHI <7: no modification
“This is obviously an unfortunate situation, but the health and safety of every athlete scheduled to hit the start line this weekend remains our number one priority, and that continues to be at the core of every decision we make over the next 24 hours,” said Susie Ernsting, Race Director for the Apple Triathlon. “We will continue to work with healthcare professionals to monitor the situation, and simply will not put any athlete at risk if the conditions are deemed not to be safe.”
For more information and full news release go to Triathlon Canada.