McPherson, KS – A popular local fundraiser will have to wait until next year.
United Way of McPherson County announced its 13th annual triathlon won’t be happening August 1st. As with many other events, COVID-19 is the reason.
United Way Board of Directors Chair Chad Hitt said, “Unfortunately, we have all recently faced circumstances we never imagined, and have had to make decisions we never dreamed we would need to make. With so many uncertainties that are still amongst us, in keeping with the United Way of McPherson County’s promise to fight for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in our county, we have made the decision to cancel this year’s Triathlon in August. Although this is a yearly event that hundreds enjoy, and a way to promote health and community involvement, we feel it would be difficult to maintain proper social distancing in many aspects of the event. The United Way of McPherson County strives to keep the safety of the community we serve at the forefront of all of our decision making. We value the many volunteers who have spent countless hours in the past making the Triathlon a success.”
Triathlon Chair Brandon Trost added: “Community Impact is the focus of the United Way of McPherson. With the current pandemic and potential health crisis, the Executive Board and Triathlon committee felt led to take precautionary actions to prevent the spread of COVID-19 crisis in McPherson, McPherson County and surrounding areas. The Triathlon will continue in 2021 as one of the United Way of McPherson’s fundraisers.”