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USAT: 'race organizers took the proper precautions'

Posted May 30 2009 10:11pm


At least 20 triathletes, and perhaps many more, got sick after the recent Boat House International Triathlon in Oklahoma City on May 16-17.

While the cause of sickness is still under investigation and was most likely the high bacterial levels in the Oklahoma River, USA Triathlon organization believes the race officials took proper precautions before the race based on this recently issued statement:

" USA Triathlon is aware of a number of athletes and other individuals becoming sick following their participation in the Boathouse Triathlon in Oklahoma City, Okla., the weekend of May 16-17. We are still awaiting word from the Oklahoma Health Department as they seek the cause of the symptoms. At every USAT-sanctioned triathlon, the race director regularly checks the water quality to ensure that it meets the swimming standards for the local municipality. In this case, we are confident the race organizers took the proper precautions to ensure that the water quality was within acceptable levels leading up to the event, and this incident will in no way affect USA Triathlon’s decision to bring international level triathlons to Oklahoma City in the future. While we are very concerned for the individuals who did become sick, we are encouraged that most recovered quickly and many of the athletes were able to compete in races the following weekend. "

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