Bacteria levels in the Hudson River were so high on Saturday that organizers of the triathlon canceled the swimming portion of the race on Sunday.
“In partnership with local health experts and, following repeated water quality tests, due to the recent heavy rainfall, bacteria levels in the Hudson River have been found to be nine times higher than what is deemed safe,” the race website says.
The triathlon now has a 1-mile run portion in place of the swimming event. There will still be a 24.8-mile bike and an additional 6.4-mile run after that.
“We apologize for the late notice, however, lab results were sent to us late in the day at which time we awaited further guidance and recommendations from officials,” the site says. “We recognize for some this is disappointing news but, as we hope you can understand and appreciate, the health and safety for all participants is our top priority.”