By Desirée Taylor
The partly treated sewage that has been discharged into the Hudson River due to a broken sewer line in Tarrytown, New York, won’t stop 2,500 Ironman competitors from getting into the water early Saturday morning. Organizers of the triathlon competition decided to allow the athletes to participate in the 2.4 mile swim in the Hudson River. The decision comes after tests conducted by the New York City Department of Environmental Protection and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection determined the water is safe for swimming.
This is the first time the Ironman competition will be held in New York and New Jersey. Two thousand five hundred athletes are expected to compete in the 140.6 mile race that will take place in parts of both New York City and New Jersey. Along with the swim, the athletes will embark on a 112-mile bike ride on the Palisades Parkway in Bergen and Rockland Counties. There’s also a 26-mile run that begins in Fort Lee and wraps up at Riverside Park in New York City. Motorists should expect road closures and detours.
More than 10,000 people are expected to come out to watch the competition. The economic impact is estimated at 50 million dollars for the tri-state region.