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Heatwave triggers cancellation of New York City Triathlon


The New York City Triathlon scheduled for this Sunday has been cancelled due to extreme heat levels expected on race day. The cancellation announcement was made on Thursday night after the National Weather Service issued an excessive heat warning for the tristate area from noon Friday until 20:00 EST on Sunday.

Participants who registered for the event will receive a full refund. The race organizers released a statement about the cancellation…

It is with great disappointment that we announce the cancellation of the 2019 Verizon New York City Triathlon, owned and produced by Life Time.

Through this week and into the approaching weekend, the New York City metro area has experienced multiple weather advisories, including severe heat warnings, continued heavy rainfall and thunderstorm watches. Race day temperature and humidity levels are projected to reach extreme levels.

After exhausting all options to mitigate athlete, volunteer, spectator and staff exposure alike, we are unable to provide either a safe event experience or an alternate race weekend. As a result, in collaboration with the City of New York and all supporting agencies, Sunday’s triathlon has been cancelled.

2019 Participant Implications
Participants registered for the 2019 event will receive a refund in full. Registrants do not need to contact the event, as the transactions will automatically post to the registrant’s card on file within 2-3 weeks. Due to the volume of this event, it will take time to process all refunds individually so we appreciate your patience.

2020 Event Details
The Verizon New York City Triathlon, produced by Life Time will return on July 19, 2020. Next year’s event will feature a venue change (the first in event history) and a reduced capacity of 2,500 participants. Due to anticipated demand, the event will again utilize a random selection-based system. Full details for the 2020 selection process will be communicated in the next week.

Continuing Events
While Sunday’s race may have been cancelled, some previously scheduled Verizon New York City Triathlon weekend events will continue as planned, including:

New York City Triathlon Sports & Fitness Expo
Life Time Tri New York City Diaper Derby
New York City Triathlon Hydration Station

Volunteer shifts at the Expo are still planned to continue as scheduled.

We appreciate your support and understanding with this difficult decision. We hope to see you this weekend at the New York City Triathlon Health & Fitness Expo and additional supporting events.



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