Wed. morning statement from RunWenatchee on River Run and air quality

Written on Sep 12th, 2012 by , Category News, Training

WENATCHEE — Presently (as of 10 a.m. Wednesday), the air quality in Wenatchee is very poor. We are continuing to monitor the situation as it relates to this Saturday’s River Run Half-Marathon, 10K and 5K. The smoke is from fires burning near Wenatchee.

We are HOPING FOR BETTER CONDITIONS ON SATURDAY. The Wenatchee World newspaper just reported this morning this snippet: “A weather inversion trapping smoke from the Central Washington fires in low areas is expected to continue through Thursday. A new weather system could bring wind and some clearing by Friday, according to the National Weather Service.”

We have CONTINGENCY PLANS in place in case conditions stay the same or get worse. The safety of runners and walkers is our No. 1 priority, and we’ve been working with local health officials and consulting with race directors throughout the Northwest.

For those of you who live outside the Wenatchee Valley, the fires are west, southwest and northwest of Wenatchee.

Check back here for updates later today and the rest of this week. We also plan to send emails directly to all participants at least twice this week. So be looking for them in your inbox.

Thank you for your patience as we deal with this difficult situation.

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