Will Ironman Arizona take place this year, must be the biggest question on the minds of thousands of amatuer triathletes who signed up for the race almost a year ago?
As you may recall from THIS story the dam holding in the waters of the lake recently failed, and now Tempe Town crews are in fight against time to reapir the dam and refill the lake.
According to Paul Huddle, Ford Ironman Arizona race director, there's no reason to belive that the broken dam that drained Tempe Town Lake won't be repaired on time for the November Ironman race.
But even if the dam is repaired the lake still has to be filled.
"Obviously, any Ironman race in the world is at the mercy of Mother Nature," said Huddle. "We have contingency plans for all our races."
According to the Arizona Republic:
"Huddle said Ironman officials have a meeting with officials from Saguaro Lake, which is about 30 miles northeast of Tempe. If Town Lake is not ready for the swim portion of the triathlon, Saguaro Lake could be an alternative, he said"
"It's one of the hallmarks of the Tempe race," he said. "There's nothing like running by the lake and it's five to six people deep for a couple of miles with people cheering you on."
The sooner that Ironman officials release the contingency plan the better, he said, adding that he had reservations about Saguaro Lake.
"There has to be a swim," he said. "If there's not a swim it's not really an Ironman. (But) Saguaro Lake has some pretty big hills out there that would cause a lot of anxiety from a logistical standpoint. We're sitting here 10 weeks away . . . any change causes a lot of anxiety and stress for people who have been training for months to achieve their dream."