The Alleghany Highlands Chamber of Commerce and Tourism has cancelled the Lake Moomaw 1-Mile Open Water Swim, scheduled for Saturday, August 1.
Prompted by a recent United States Masters Swimming directive to issue a moratorium on issuing open water sanctions through August 31, the LMSC (Local Masters Swim Committee) of Virginia held an emergency meeting on July 22 and voted to rescind the sanction and cancel the event. The event will not be rescheduled for this year.
Full refunds for all swimmers who entered will be processed by Club Assistant no later than July 31.
“The decision to cancel was not an easy one to make for the chamber and event staff,” said Josh Taylor, Special Projects and Marketing coordinator for the chamber.
“The race directors were confident that with precautions in place, the event could follow all local, state, and national public health guidelines to provide participants with a safe venue for conducting the event. However, several members of the LMSC board raised concerns related to potential COVID-19 exposure and transmission, and felt the risks in holding the event at this time were too great,” Taylor continued.
“Many participants have expressed that they were looking forward to this unique event, and the event staff was as well. The chamber looks forward to seeing participants again in 2021 at beautiful Lake Moomaw.”
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