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Ironman NYC & Sewage Discharge Warning for Hudson River


imnycpromoimg2.jpgA sewage line break in Tarrytown, NY has prompted Westchester County officials to issue a warning to boaters, swimmers, and kayakers to avoid contact with the water and stay away until further notice. The advisory is in effect for all points south of Croton Point Park on the Hudson River.

It's being reported that "a break in a sewer line in Tarrytown is requiring a controlled discharge of several million gallons of chlorinated raw sewage into the Hudson at Sleepy Hollow."

About 15 miles down river in Fort Lee, NJ is where the inagural start of Saturday's Ironmna U.S. Championship takes place with a 2.4 mile swim in the Hudson River.

No official word yet on what this mean for the swim disclipline in the 140.6 mile triathlon event. Talk of the swim being canceled have been going around, but no official word from Ironman officials. We are still working on getting an update from people on site and will post the info as soon as possible.

UPDATE: August 9, 2012 - 12:37 PM CST
• The sewage discharge into the Hudson is likely to continue into Friday
• Ironman spokeswoman Jessica Weidensall said in an emailed statement that organizers were "diligently monitoring the situation".

UPDATE: August 9, 2012 - 2:11 PM CST
• Not update yet, but it seems that a decision on whether the swim is canceled would be made by tomorrow at the latest.

UPDATE: August 9, 2012 - 6:00 PM CST
• Statement from Ironman U.S. Championship organizers posted on Facebook

We are diligently monitoring the sewage situation and are working with local entities to ensure the appropriate testing protocol is followed. Athlete safety is our first priority. We will be sure of the water quality and that the venue is safe before we allow you to swim on Saturday.

We appreciate your patience and understanding. We are doing everything we can to provide you with the race experience for which you've trained and will keep you updated as we have additional information.

UPDATE: August 10, 2012 - 9:00 AM CST

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UPDATE: August 10, 2012 - 3:35 PM CST

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• Ironman U.S. Championship official have announced that they will proceed with the 2.4-mile swim in the Hudson River during tomorrow's inaugural race. The New York City Department of Environmental Protection tested the water following the break and the reports show the water is safe for swimming. Additionally, Westchester County Department of Health has announced its water-quality advisory for the Hudson River will be lifted today at 11 P.M. today.

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