Craig Rosenberg -- Triathlon

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Athletes Disappointed, But Understanding After Heat Cancels Triathlon

July 19, 2019 - 5:39 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — For the first time in its history, the New York City Triathlon was canceled amid a weekend-long heat emergency.

Over 4,000 people were expected to take part in the race, which was scheduled for Sunday. But now, many disappointed athletes will most likely be sleeping in.

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“I know that it's weird to say you wanna swim in the Hudson – maybe to people from here – but, coming from elsewhere, it looked like it was going to be the coolest experience ever,” said Erin Bersinni, of Los Angeles.

Some others say they had come to New York as part of a group and were looking to challenge themselves.

“I was in the Brussels airport terrorist attacks. I’m missing part of my leg and I have metal all through me,” said Sebastian Bellin.

He was part of the Challenged Athletes Relay with others from around the world. Now that the event is canceled, he says “it’s going to be a party no matter what.”

Triathlon athletes can still pick up their T-shirts and medals in Midtown.

With temperatures expected to feel like triple digits all weekend, race organizers said the race – which includes a 1-mile swim, 25-mile bike ride and 10K run – would not be safe for anyone.

Runner Craig Rosenberg, of the West Village, completely agrees noting, “I’ve been training in this heat.”

Most people don't seem too upset and as Bersinni put it, “If you're gonna have a race cancelled on you, you cannot be in a better place to go do other things.”

He says he is a little disappointed though since Superstorm Sandy also caused the cancelation of another marathon he was scheduled to participate in.

Meanwhile, the Central Park festival, OZY Fest – an event that highlights art, live music, cooking demos, and conversations – was also canceled.