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Update on fire situation – 24 October
We would like to provide an update to the serious fire situation in the Blue Mountains of Sydney, which is reasonably close to the triathlon race venue. Again, our thoughts go out to everyone affected by the recent fires.
The fires are in the mountains away from the Regatta Centre, the air quality in Penrith is good and well below the levels that would need the races to be shortened or postponed at this stage and we are continuing to monitor the readings.
The rain during Tuesday night has certainly assisted locally and conditions are expected to improve with lower temperatures predicted for the coming days. Of course, this situation could change rapidly in the oncoming days.
Please continue to watch this site or the race facebook site for updates regarding the situation.
Update posted on 21 October:
As you are aware, there is a serious fire situation in the Blue Mountains of Sydney, which is reasonably close to the triathlon race venue. Our thoughts go out to everyone affected by the recent fires.
Whilst the fires themselves are not close to the race venue, there is the possibility of smoke in the Penrith area although this is obviously dependent on wind direction each day. Current weather forecasts for this weekend look favourable to hold the races though.
Panthers Triathlon Club held their club races at the same venue yesterday afternoon and conditions were very good for racing. We are planning to also go ahead with the race weekend and are monitoring the situation.
We will take advice from the RFS and the Department of Health about the conditions leading into this weekend to ensure competitors health and safety are foremost. We will broadcast any updates/ decision via this website and the Nepean Triathlon facebook page.
The Royal Fire Service (RFS) are doing a wonderful job in a battle to save peoples lives and properties. The RFS has also been a significant contributor to making the Nepean Triathlon a success for the last 31 years.
We want to do something to help them out. Thanks to long time sponsor Panther Cycles a ‘hamper’ has been put together from donated prizes from a number of our sponsors, which is growing to the point it is worth over $3000. Tickets will be on sale for $10 (all proceeds go directly to the RFS) available this week at Panther Cycles and the Nepean Aquatic Centre. Tickets will also be sold over the race weekend with the prize drawn at Sunday’s presentation. Funds from the race and the raffle we hope to raise over $5000, so remember to bring along $10 for the raffle if you can spare it.
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