The swim portion of the first New York City Ironman triathlon on Aug. 11 may be canceled due to a sewer-line break that will lead to the discharge of millions of gallons of raw sewage into the Hudson River.
Organizers for the 140.6-mile triathlon, which combines swimming, cycling and running, said they’re monitoring the water quality and direction of the current in the river. A decision on whether the race is shortened to the bike and run portions would be made by tomorrow at the latest, race organizer John Korff said.
“We’re not messing with water quality,” Korff said in a telephone interview. “It is what it is — it’s either yes or no. It depends which way the water is flowing. Athletes will know at least the day before.”
There will be a controlled discharge of several million gallons of chlorinated raw sewage into the Hudson River at Sleepy Hollow overnight due to the sewer break in Tarrytown, New York, the Westchester County Department of Health said in a statement. The treated sewage bypass is needed so that repairs can be made to the line.