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The new requirement comes after two athletes died during the swim in the 2011 New York City Triathlon.
New York City Triathlon officials are requiring all 2012 entrants to commit to completing an open- water swim of at least a half mile within 18 months of the event after two competitors died in this year’s race.
Triathletes must agree when registering online to do the swim and verify that they have read a five-paragraph waiver alerting them to the “difficult demands” of the 1.5-kilometer (0.93-mile) swim down the Hudson River.
Organizers will rely on a “truthful response” and won’t request documentation that the required swim was completed, said John Korff, president of Korff Enterprises Inc., which has staged the race since 2000.
Read more: Bloomberg.com