Red Hills Triathlon
As the situation surrounding COVID-19 (coronavirus) continues to evolve, I am writing with an update on Red Hills Triathlon, which was scheduled for 4/18/2020, in Tallahassee, FL. Please know the health and safety of you and our community is the highest priority. As a special event with a City of Tallahassee/Leon County, State of Florida/Department of Environmental Protection permit, I am required to abide by emergency declarations. The State of Florida has cancelled all events held within the state park system.
Unfortunately, the 20th Red Hills Triathlon was cancelled as a result of mandates by local/state government and the recommended CDC guidelines. Rescheduling in 2020 is not a viable option based on permitting and venue availability.
As a small, one owner business that hosts one event per year, Red Hills Triathlon, LLC, is dependent on registration monies to produce the event safely and effectively. Costs to execute a race are spent before the race is held, including permit applications, signage and banner printing, medals, awards, t-shirts, event marketing and promotion, water safety and port-o-john rental deposits, and ongoing storage costs. When a race is forced to cancel, for reasons outside of our control, we are unable to recoup the vast majority of these costs.
Typically, for these reasons, as outlined during the race registration process, you would forfeit registration monies, however, due to the current unprecedented crisis, we will refund 50% of the race entry fees or transfer your entry to the 2021 event.
If you purchased a USA Triathlon one-day license when you registered for this race, USA Triathlon will transfer your one-day license to another event of your choosing later in 2020 or in 2021.
For the past 20 years, I have poured my heart and soul, as well as countless hours, into this event. I also understand the hours you have dedicated to training for this race, so please know, this cancellation was made with the safety of the entire community in mind, including Tallahassee’s most vulnerable populations. Ultimately, the decision was not mine to make. I appreciate your flexibility and understanding during this unprecedented time.
Thank you for your many years of supporting Red Hills Triathlon. Our local multi-sport community means the world to me, and we hope to make it up to you by continuing to host this exceptional event in the future when it is safe and prudent to do so.
If you have questions, please reach out to me.
Kathy McDaris, Race Director
Red Hills Triathlon