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WALDO CANYON FIRE: Rampart Reservoir adventure race canceled
Another outdoors event has been canceled because of the Waldo Canyon fire.
Big Mountain AR, which puts on several adventure races in the Pikes Peak region each year, announced "with much regret" that it will not hold the Rampart Rage, scheduled Aug. 25 at Rampart Reservoir.
The races combine running, ziplining, kayaking, mountain biking and other outdoors activities. The last event was June 23 on Pikes Peak, the day the Waldo Canyon fire broke out.
Rampart Reservoir is part of the massive closure of Pike National Forest put in place since the fire. The flames burned up to the lake in some places. With no timetable for the area to reopen, organizers said they had to cancel the race.
The company's website includes this message:
"Additionally, we believe it is the right action to take as a major user of our land. The land and water resources in the area have been tremendously affected by the fire, and we wish to be responsible corporate citizens. Please understand that we deliberated the issue with all aspects of responsibility to you, our racers, and to our community at large. We are truly sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused you."
Refunds will be given to those who registered.
Instead of the race, organizers will hold an "unofficial fun run/ride and post-season party" Aug. 25 in downtown Colorado Springs. Visit the website for details.