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Thursday, May 9, 2013
Triathlon canceled for security reasons


An unexpected side effect of the Boston marathon bombings has hit hundreds of New Mexico triathletes and thousands of fans.

Because of Boston, Monday organizers of the annual Jay Benson Triathlon at Kirtland Air Force Base canceled this year's event.

Organizers of the triathlon said increased security requirements took effect on base after the Boston bombings. At this point it's too late to get security clearance for the hundreds of participants who were expecting to hit the pavement this Sunday.

Roughly 2,000 people gather annually to either watch or take part in the annual triathlon, but they won't be there this year.

"Its the largest triathlon in New Mexico, and its also the oldest continuing triathlon in the nation, so unfortunately that's coming to an end," said Duane Kinsley, Owner of Sport Systems and one of the event organizers.

The event takes place at Kirtland Air Force Base, but Kinsley said there's now heightened security requirements on base for the event.

-- Triathlete.com