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With the exception of Ironman Arizona, the fall triathlons that were set to take place in September and October at Tempe Town Lake could be turned into duathlons, according to the race organization’s website.
Red Rock Co., which is partially owned by former Ironman World Champion Tim DeBoom, was supposed to have three events at the lake this fall. They include Nathan Triathlon (Sept. 26), PBR Urban Dirt Triathlon (Oct. 10) and Soma Triathlon (Oct. 24). The organization posted the following statement on its website in response to the dam breaking at Tempe Town Lake:
“Most of you have heard about the Tempe Town Lake dam break, but Nathan Tempe Triathlon, PBR Urban Dirt Triathlon and Soma Triathlon are still on and will be held on the currently scheduled dates. We have been in close contact with the City of Tempe and are still evaluating options for changing the format, which may be a duathlon for each. We expect to have details finalized in the next few days.”
The City of Tempe has said that the state’s biggest triathlon, Ironman Arizona, could still go on as planned. The city hopes to have the dam repaired and the lake refilled by Nov. 1.
Check back to Competitor.com as we continue to follow this developing story.