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By Tommy Wells
Seward Phoenix LOG 

Residents, council express safety concerns for Alaskaman athletes

 


Safety has become an issue for locals and the hundreds of athletes scheduled to take to the waters of Resurrection Bay for the Alaskaman triathlon race.

“I’m hoping that whoever is putting this on is marking off lanes,” said a local boat owner. “I could see where it might be an issue. Boaters here aren’t used to seeing people in the water.”

Approximately 300 swimmers are scheduled to begin the grueling Alaskaman triathlon off Lowell Point on July 15. As part of the event, athletes will swim 2.6 miles in Resurrection Bay, beginning near Miller’s Landing at 4 a.m. From there, they will ride a bike to Girdwood and then race up Mt. Alyeska.

Seward City Councilwoman Sue McClure agreed with safety concerns, saying she noticed a swimmer in a dark suit recently without a buoy. Initially, she said, she dismissed the object in the water as a sea lion but only realized it was a swimmer when she saw arms moving. To a boater unused to seeing swimmers in the water, it could be easy for an accident to happen.

“A boat would not have seen that person,” McClure said.

Area boaters are urged to be aware of swimmers on July 15.

 

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