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Best in the West Triathlon moves to June

The Best in the West Triathlon Festival will now be held in June, due to wildfires and the recurring Green Peter Reservoir drawdown, according to event organizers. In a press release, organizers said wildfire smoke and water temperature will be too unpredictable in September.

The 12th annual festival last September drew just under 1,000 participants during what Race Director Blair Bronson called "some of the best weather" the festival has experienced.

A statement from Linn County Parks about the decision said in part, "Linn County Parks and Recreation is working with The Best in the West Tr...