Triathlon To Raise Money For Sick Kids Gets Canceled Because It Is Named After Trump Golf Course

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The organizer of a triathlon in North Carolina called “Tri at the Trump” has canceled the event because people were mad that it was supposed to occur at a Trump National golf course.

The swimming, biking, and running race had been scheduled to occur at the Trump National Golf Club on Oct. 8 in Mooresville, reports The Charlotte Observer.

Proceeds from the “Tri at the Trump” race would have benefitted children with cancer and other terminal diseases.

The race organizer, Chuck McAllister, said he had received a number of complaints about the name of the triathlon and its association with Trump.

McAllister initially tried changing the name from “Tri at the Trump” to “Tri for Good.”

“I hope by making this announcement, we can focus on what our core values are and the goals we are trying to achieve with our race,” he wrote in a Facebook post last week, according to the Observer.

Then, late last week, McAllister decided to cancel the triathlon all together to avoid any implications of politicization.

“The best way to avoid a situation is to not create one at all,” he told the Observer.

McAllister is a member of the Trump National Golf Club and he has organized the race for the last four years. Thus, the “Tri at the Trump” race and name started years before Trump ran for president and became a polarizing figure.

“I’m flat-out sad by it that I had to make this decision,” McAllister told the Observer. “But it was the right decision to make for the interests of everyone involved.”

McAllister added that he plans to bring the triathlon, which raises money for kids who are ill, back next fall. It’s not clear what he will name it.

Trump won the popular vote in North Carolina in the 2016 presidential election but he just barely failed to gain an outright majority. Trump received 49.84 percent of the vote.

Yelp reviewers award 4.5 stars to the Trump National Golf Club in Mooresville. “Everything is spotless” and the golf course “is in incredible condition,” happy reviewers say. Negative reviews cite terrible food and “ill-mannered” children.

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