No water quality worries for IRONMAN athletes

No water quality worries for IRONMAN athletes
October 11, 2019

The thousands of athletes ready to compete in IRONMAN Louisville have no need to worry about water quality when it comes to hydration.

Although event officials cancelled the swim portion of the triathlon due to water quality concerns with the Ohio River, Louisville Water Vice President of Communications & Marketing Kelley Dearing Smith said Louisville’s water is safe for drinking.

“We’re happy to hydrate thousands of Ironman participants,” Smith said. "We’ve worked with IRONMAN over the years and this event is a great opportunity to highlight our city."

Louisville Water employees will be out at 4:00 a.m. Sunday to set up 12 water fill stations along the marathon routes where volunteers will fill thousands of cups with Louisville pure tap®. Although most of the work occurs Sunday morning, crews have spent the past few weeks preparing the water connections and helping train volunteers on how the water stops work.

Louisville Water has partnered with the Louisville Sports Commission since the IRONMAN began its Louisville series in 2007. 

In fact, Louisville Water and the Sports Commission partner on a number of events throughout, with the most recent being the Louisville pure tap® 5k and Fall Runathon series. 

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