Important Burlington Safety Update

As you are probably aware, there are numerous forest fires in Quebec and northeastern Ontario that have resulted in smoke plumes that have deteriorated air quality in much of the province, including Burlington. We’ve received some inquiries regarding our response and wanted to provide an update to all parents and athletes for this weekend’s race at Nelson Park & Outdoor Pool.

Safety is of the utmost importance for TRi KiDS, and we will always prioritize the safety of our athletes and spectators over all else. As such, we have developed a set of contingency plans based on the Air Quality Health Index (AQHI) score published by Environment Canada for Burlington.

To be clear, TRi KiDS Burlington is currently proceeding as planned this weekend. The situation is dynamic and any updates will be communicated as soon as possible via our website, email, and social media.

The following plan will apply based on the AQHI for Burlington:
If the AQHI is 6 or less: proceed as usual
If the AQHI is 7 or 8: the bike and run portions of the event will be reduced
If the AQHI is 9 or greater: the race will be cancelled*
*Due to scheduling complexities, we will not be able to postpone the event to a new date should it need to be cancelled. If the event is cancelled, all registered athletes can pickup their race kit on Saturday or Sunday, including a bib, goody bag, t-shirt, and medal.

The final decision on whether the race proceeds will be made by Saturday, June 10 at 11am.

No matter the decision made, we recommend exercising caution when racing this weekend, particularly for those with asthma or other lung conditions. If you or anyone with you is experiencing difficulty breathing at the event, please consult with our medical team under the Orange medical tent.

We understand that decisions like these are difficult, but please rest assured that they are made in the best interests of you and your family. Should you have any questions or concerns regarding our plan, please do not hesitate to reach out.

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