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March 4, 2014

Organizers hit roadblock in proposed Myrtle Beach Half Triathlon

A proposed half triathlon will not be taking place in Myrtle Beach after event organizers had trouble getting logistics approved by a city committee.

A proposed half triathlon will not be taking place in Myrtle Beach after event organizers had trouble getting logistics approved by a city committee.

Members of the Myrtle Beach Special Events Technical Review Committee requested that organizer Pete Politis propose a race with a closed course. The committee is comprised of staff members from various departments, such as planning and public safety, who review special event applications before they are considered by City Council.

Politis said it was too difficult to reconfigure the race in a way that provided a closed course.

Assistant city manager John Pedersen said there was a safety concern by having athletes complete a portion of the triathlon on S.C. Highway 22 while there were cars on it, even if they lowered the speed limit for drivers.

Politis had wanted to have the event Sept. 7.

Politis said he was disappointed the race won’t be able to move forward as initially proposed and is looking at other locations on the Grand Strand.

“I’m waiting to get word from another municipality,” he said. He did not say which area was considering hosting the event.

Politis said if representatives from that municipality also are uncomfortable with having an open course, he will start the process of bringing a triathlon to the area over from scratch.

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