Smoke from wildfire cancels Ironman Tahoe events

Sep 21, 2014 2:25 PM

RENO, Nev. (AP) - Race organizers canceled two Ironman races in Lake Tahoe on Sunday, citing thick smoke and unhealthy air quality from a northern California wildfire.

An online notice from World Triathlon Corp. says the decision to cancel the Ironman Lake Tahoe and Ironman 70.3 Lake Tahoe events followed recommendations from the California and Placer County health officials.

It wasn't clear if the event would be rescheduled.

A message left with the company in Tampa, Florida, wasn't immediately returned.

Placer County air pollution officer Tom Christofk says in a statement that sensors in Squaw Valley, Tahoe City, Kings Beach and Truckee recorded high levels of particulate matter.

Christofk says the source is the King Fire.

Officials say the blaze about 60 miles east of Sacramento has grown to more than 128 square miles.

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