Spill in Savannah River won't stop Ironman competition

Ironman still on despite spill in river

AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) - A mystery spill in the Savannah River is under investigation, but it doesn't have officials at the Augusta Sports Council worried about the upcoming Ironman.

"I have not got any specific calls about concerns for the river because the river is going to be fine for the race," Augusta Sports Council CEO Brinsley Thigpen said.

The Intermedix Ironman 70.3 Augusta is September 28th. Tri-Augusta President Chad Kimbrell said he wasn't sure the river would recover in time at first.

"My first thought was what's going to happen if they can't get it cleaned up by race day," Kimbrell said.

He says two Tri-Augusta members were in the Savannah River getting ready for the race when it happened.

"It looked like the residue was hard to get off their body, as well as their swim caps, swim goggles etc."

Savannah Riverkeepers are still waiting for test results on what the oily substance is. A no swim advisory is also still in place.

The Augusta Sports Council said there are 150 more racers registered this year, but the race wouldn't go on if it wasn't deemed safe.

"Athlete safety comes first. Whether it's a swim, bike or run, athlete safety comes first," Thigpen said.

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