Good news: The IMAZ wasn’t happening when the dam broke.
Bad news: Tempe Town Lake, a mainstay in the Arizona triathlon community, is down to less than three feet in depth after the dam holding the lake exploded yesterday evening. It is unclear at this point what will happen to the fall triathlons, including Ironman Arizona, that were set to be held at the lake in the coming months.
The fall triathlon lineup was set to include Nathan Triathlon (Sept. 26), the Soma Triathlon (Oct. 24) and Ironman Arizona (Nov. 21).
According to several news sources, the City of Tempe was aware of the possible break and had started repair work. Weather earlier this year had caused a delay in the repairs. It is unknown at this point if the races will be moved, or if there are plans to rebuild the lake’s dam.
Updates to follow.