Tempe Town Lake Dam Breaks

  • By Liz Hichens
  • Published Jul 21, 2010
Tempe Town Lake is the home of Ironman Arizona. Photo: Nils Nilsen

Tempe Town Lake, a mainstay in the Arizona triathlon community, is down to less than three feet in depth after the dam holding the lake exploded yesterday evening. It is unclear at this point what will happen to the fall triathlons, including Ironman Arizona, that were set to be held at the lake in the coming months.

Tempe Town Lake is the home of Ironman Arizona. Photo: Nils Nilsen

The fall triathlon lineup was set to include Nathan Triathlon (Sept. 26), the Soma Triathlon (Oct. 24) and Ironman Arizona (Nov. 21).

According to several news sources, the City of Tempe was aware of the possible break and had started repair work. Weather earlier this year had caused a delay in the repairs. It is unknown at this point if the races will be moved, or if there are plans to rebuild the lake’s dam.

Check back to as we continue to follow this developing story.

More information can be found in the links below:

Tempe Town Lake Down to 3 Feet

Rubberized dam breaks at man-made Arizona lake

Tempe Town Lake dam bursts‎

FILED UNDER: Features / Ironman / News

Liz Hichens

Liz Hichens

Liz Hichens is the Web Editor of She is an Ironman and marathon finisher and fan of all endurance sports.

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