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Tornado Forces Cancellation of Route 66 Triathlon Festivus


route 66 triathlonThe folks in Oklahoma can't seem to catch a break as new batch of tornadoes hits the area causing unfortunate death and destruction. One of the big tornadoes hit El Reno, OK last night causing more devastation and the unfortunate cancellation of the Route 66 Triathlon Festivus hosted by the Triathlon Club of Oklahoma City (Tri-OKC). Our thoughts and prayers go out to to the people there who are dealing with the damages from the tornadoes in the Oklahoma City area last night.

Late last night Tri-OKC posted this message:
"We have made the decision to cancel Route 66 Triathlon Festivus this year. El Reno, particularly the lake area & along I-40, have been hit with significant tornado and wind damage, & parts of the course are flooded. Race conditions are just too unsafe. The emergency response teams will be maxing out their resources to clean up the debris & we will respect their effort. We apologize for the abrupt cancellation."

The Route 66 Triathlon Festivus was set to take place this Saturday and Sunday, hosting both Spring and Olympic distance triathlon events as well as being the USAT/SMW Regional Championship and Best of US National Championship Qualifier.

Before the devastation last night Tri-OKC had begun a relief drive for those impacted by the tornadoes that devastated the areas of Moore & Shawnee on May 19th & 20th. They asked athletes to help raise supplies for the Salvation Army by making a donation at the Route 66 Triathlon packet pickup. Now organizers might have to switch focus and help their own neighbors.

Tri-OKC had even organized a Relief Raffle with this year's 2013 Ironman Brazil champion Amanda Stevens.

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Now organizers and athletes are focused on the cleanup efforts.

You can help those in need across Oklahoma via the Red Cross by making a donation online here or by texting REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.