Triathletes compete in extreme temperatures

WHITNEY POINT (WBNG) — Dangerous temperatures threatened to cancel outdoor events this weekend, but that didn’t stop the Broome County Parks Triathlon.

Organizers continued with the event as planned, but was this the right call? 

Athletes swam, biked and ran, all in extreme heat, worrying event coordinators.

"Overheating is a large concern," said Director of Parks, Recreation and Youth Services, Matthew Gawors.

While event organizers were prepared to take care of the athletes, emergency crews were also prepared to handle any situation that could go wrong.

Broome County Deputy Sheriff Will Andres answered, "We’re very fortunate. All the athletes came prepared, well-hydrated, no one got injured on the bike or the swim."

While athletes may have been prepared for the triathlon itself, several said they didn’t change anything upon learning about the severe heat.

This didn’t stop authorities from coming prepared, however, making sure water was always readily available.

"We’re here to provide support in case there’s any emergencies going on," said Andres.

Triathletes said be sure to drink a lot of water before, during and after the race and take recovery seriously.

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