Triathlon Race Director Chuck McAllister said his decision to cancel the event which bore the name of President Trump was not political.
McAllister had actually changed the name of the race and then he canceled it altogether.
The event was supposed to be held at the Trump National Golf Course in Mooresville, NC on October 8, 2017. McAllister wanted to distance the charity event from Trump after he had received complaints about the name of the race.
A triathlon that was scheduled to take place at a Trump National golf course in Mooresville has been canceled a few days after the race director changed the name of the event to distance itself from President Donald Trump’s name.
The race, originally called “Tri at the Trump,” was scheduled to be held at Trump National Golf Club, Charlotte on Oct. 8.
Race organizer Chuck McAllister told the Observer this week he received several complaints over the summer about the name of the race, which benefits children who have cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. On Tuesday, he announced the name had been changed 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,” McAllister said in a Facebook post Tuesday.
But on Saturday, McAllister decided to cancel the race, not wanting the event to become even more politicized. “The best way to avoid a situation is to not create one at all,” McAllister told the Observer.
The decision to cancel was difficult, he said, noting the event is not intended to be political.
Once again, the event was to take place at a Trump-owned location and it would have raised money for children with cancer but was canceled after complaints because several people didn’t like Trump. Shame on all of those snowflakes. If my child was fighting cancer, it wouldn’t matter whose name was on the event as long as it helped my child. How about you?
The Charlotte Observer reports “Tri at the Trump,” was scheduled for Oct. 8. https://t.co/Y4C43619Gh
— WBTW News 13 (@WBTWNews13) September 17, 2017
Triathlon at a Trump property cancelled after changing name to erase his—from "Tri at the Trump" to "Tri for Good"https://t.co/rl9JZ4yQb4
— Alfons López Tena (@alfonslopeztena) September 17, 2017
— Im????trump! (@heartfulmom) September 15, 2017
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