MEC's Statement on Air Quality in regards to MEC Edmonton Triathlon and MEC Calgary Triathlon

Statement on Air Quality from MEC in regards to their MEC Edmonton Triathlon and MEC Calgary Triathlon this Saturday August 18, 2018 in Leduc and Turner Valley.

Due to air quality deterioration caused by the forest fires in BC, Alberta Health Services has issued special air quality statement.

The current condition is rated on the AQHI at 9-10, which is considered high risk. It is predicted to remain in the high-risk zone through until Thursday. However, as Air Quality varies with weather conditions and prevailing winds, we will continue to monitor the conditions and keep you apprised of any modifications to the race schedule.

Potential Implications to the Race Schedule:
- AQHI 4-6 : recommend decreased distance for sensitive individuals or voluntary withdrawal for individuals with health concerns
- AQHI 7-8: Only the Try-a Tri distance would be offered. Strongly advise individuals with health concerns to withdraw
- AQHI 9+: Cancellation of event
Please note that a cancellation decision could be made the morning of the event. We will attempt to give athletes as much notice as possible. Please check your email for communications and updates.

Health Risks:
Although minor air quality impairments do not typically cause health concerns in most healthy individuals, as air quality conditions become more severe, even healthy individuals may experience irritation of eyes, throat and possibly shortness of breath. If you experience any of the above symptoms:
- Be aware of your symptoms.
- Reduce levels of physical activity as necessary.
- Consider sheltering indoors with windows closed.

Individuals with respiratory conditions (such as COPD and asthma), and individuals with existing cardiovascular conditions (such as angina, previous heart attack and congestive heart failure), are likely to notice a worsening of symptoms, due to fine particulate matter in air. As such, individuals with pre-existing respiratory or cardiovascular conditions are advised to remain indoors, keep their windows closed and limit strenuous physical activity.

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