Smoky air threatens to cancel Donner Lake Triathlon |

Smoky air threatens to cancel Donner Lake Triathlon

Race officials announced Thursday that the 27th annual Donner Lake Triathlon scheduled for Sunday may be canceled because of heavy smoke in the Truckee area.

The following is a release posted on the Donner Lake Triathlon Web site,, Thursday at 9 a.m.:

“Unfortunately, the winds have shifted, and the air quality has taken a turn for the worse in Truckee. If the air were to be like this on Sunday, we would be forced to cancel the event.

Unfortunately, the decision to move forward or cancel is an extremely tough one as the winds can change and produce an environment that can significantly change in a 24-hour period. It was beautiful yesterday (Wednesday) morning, and this morning (Thursday), it is very, very smoky.

We are in contact with a number of health professionals as well as the fire service to try and get a prediction of the conditions this weekend.

While we hoped to make a determination today (Thursday) by 5 p.m., it seems as though any decision made today would probably be premature, since the conditions can change so quickly. Unfortunately, it is probably going to come down to Friday night or Saturday morning.”

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