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Bottomless Triathlon canceled due to new health orders

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Daily Record File Photo Swimmers get ready to hit the water during a previous Bottomless Triathlon. The 2020 Bottomless Triathlon, which was scheduled for Saturday at Bottomless Lakes State Park, was canceled on Friday due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 37th Bottomless Triathlon, which was to be held Saturday, July 11 has been canceled due to the governor’s recent health orders.

Organizers still have in place a free virtual triathlon that allows anyone to swim, bike or run a certain distance and report their times using the honor system. Just find the “Bottomless Triathlon” Facebook page to register or report your times.

Two weeks ago, the NM State Parks Division approved the triathlon’s “Plan B” that met all of the restrictive health orders for 80 participants spread over two days. But, when Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham imposed the 14-day quarantine on all visitors to New Mexico, organizers decided to cancel, since 40% of the participants come from other states. The State Parks Division followed up the next day, canceling all special events for the month of July.

Event organizers still claim some success because the event sponsors stood with us knowing that our benefiting charity, Harvest Ministries of Roswell, was still providing critical service and emergency food to those in need in the Roswell area. The sponsors are Fulkerson Services, Lovelace Regional Hospital, Ritter & Company, Sanders Law Firm, Bank of the Southwest and Xcel Energy.

The 38th Bottomless Triathlon is scheduled for July 10, 2021.

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