Organizers of inaugural Waco Ironman monitor rainfall, flooding

The Brazos River was swollen by runoff and filled with debris on Friday. (Photo by Montana Brazil)
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WACO, Texas (KWTX) With nearly 3,000 athletes set to compete, organizers of the Ironman 70.3 Waco Triathlon on Oct. 28 are keeping a close eye on local weather conditions.

We are monitoring the situation and working with local officials to assess the situation,” Scott Langen said Friday.

“We have an array of contingency plans in place; which plan we use depends on the situation,” he said.

The 70.3-mile race will start with a 1.2 mile swim in the Brazos River, followed by a 56-mile bike ride along area rural roads past Lake Waco and through the Waco Wetlands and will end with a 13.1 mile run that crosses Brazos River bridges five times and makes its way through Cameron Park.

On Friday, the Brazos was rain-swollen and filled with debris.

But Langen remained optimistic

“The 10-day forecast shows promise,” he said.

“We will continue to monitor the river levels and flow. As race day draws near, we will have a better understanding of what the river will look like.”

All but about 60 of the 3,000 athletes expected to compete are from Waco and are expected to begin to arrive at the first of next week

The Ironman 70.3 Waco Triathlon replaces a competition in Austin.