‘Organisers are working to replace the swim leg in the MacIntyre River this weekend for the Hell of the West in line with the latest water update released by Water NSW’
Water NSW have issued a blue green algae report for the Barwon region today indicating the MacIntyre River for Goondiwindi is now on red alert. Whilst Goondiwindi Regional Council and Hell of the West race organisers have been monitoring the river stream for weeks, the latest test results issued today indicate that the 2km swim leg for Sunday’s event is now prohibitive.
The Hell of the West annual event is highly regarded amongst triathletes as Queensland’s toughest triathlon. In the lead up to this year’s event, the Goondiwindi Region has experienced extreme drought conditions and low water levels in the MacIntyre River as a result.
Hell of the West organisers are disappointed by the last minute changes to the course on Sunday but are confident they can still deliver a ‘hellish’ experience for athletes.
Race Director, Tim Richards says; ‘Creating a safe race for entrants is first and foremost, our main priority. We are determined to create a memorable event this year with an alternate leg for the competitors in the Hell of the West to be announced tomorrow.’
Hell of the West organisers are looking forward to running another successful event. The festival kicks off tomorrow with the Super Saturday event held from 7am in the Goondiwindi Town Park.
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