Ironman Lake Tahoe Threatened By Nearby Smoke
Ironman Lake Tahoe and Ironman 70.3 Lake Tahoe face the possibility of cancellation due to smoky conditions
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This Sunday’s Ironman Lake Tahoe and Ironman 70.3 Lake Tahoe face the possibility of cancellation due to smoky conditions being caused by the nearby King Fire. An Ironman spokesperson tells the Reno Gazette-Journal that as of now the race is on.
“We are working with the local authorities and our medical team in monitoring the fires and smoke in the region. At this time we do not anticipate making any changes to the race,” Keats McGonical, Ironman Operations Manager, said in a statement to the RGJ on Thursday. “As with all of our races there are a number of contingency plans in place to handle a number of different situations. Our current plan is to go ahead with the event as scheduled.”
Several athletes, including pros Bryan Rhodes, Kevin Taddonio and Mackenzie Madison, have commented on Twitter about the currently-smoky conditions.
According to several sources, the National Weather Service is predicting that the smoke will clear out in time for the race.
This is the second running of Ironman Lake Tahoe, and the first time the race will include a 70.3. The inaugural version of the full distance last year featured frigid conditions, resulting in a DNF rate of 20 percent.