Ironman Tahoe officials eye smoke patterns; Sunday’s race still a go
Despite the region choking on smoke from the nearby King Fire, Ironman officials expect Sunday’s Lake Tahoe triathlon to occur as scheduled.
“At this point in time, we are monitoring the fire and smoke situation with Calfire, our medical team and other local authorities,” Keats McGonical, operations manager for Ironman, wrote in an email on Wednesday. “As the smoke pattern changes throughout the day — and the fact that we are still four days from the event — we are not planning on making any changes at this time.”
In Carson City and Northern Nevada the air quality was projected to be Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups, meaning people with heart or lung disease, older adults, and children should reduce prolonged or heavy exertion.
As of press time Wednesday, the King Fire had burned more than 27,000 acres near the south fork of the American River, about an hour or so west of South Lake Tahoe.