It's official- Nation's has called the swim leg and made the race a duathlon. While I'm disappointed to not do the race as a tri, I think they made the right call. I spent about 5 minutes being sad, and then I started jazzing myself up for a PR in the bike and especially run. I had given up on my sub-1 hour 10K this year, knowing I'd be tired after the swim and the bike. Now, I'll have extra energy.
I'm chasing that 10K time. 10K... I am going to own you.
The river hasn't crested yet, and is expected to crest sometime tomorrow.
There's visible debris in the water... meaning there's even more invisible debris.
I don't know what the bacteria level is, but this is a city and there's a ton of run off.
Parts of 495 are flooded.
Yes, not swimming in the river is a disappointment. However, they are bravely still doing the rest of the race and the finish line festival, and in a city like DC, that means they are adjusting their logistics on this weekend when dozens of events are happening everywhere.
(Attention DC people: take Metro.)
I am a little sad, but I support the race organizers' decision. No race is worth risking lives for.
Good call, Nation's.