Liffey Descent canceled due to ‘extremely low’ water levels – The Irish Times

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The Liffey Descent canoe marathon race, due to take place next month, has been canceled due to ‘extremely low levels’ of water in the reservoir which feeds the river.

Organizers said they were considering moving the race, scheduled for September 10, to April to alleviate “the annual problem with water levels, which have become more problematic in recent years”.

“Unfortunately we find ourselves in a difficult position regarding Liffey Descent 2022,” said a statement from Canoeing Ireland.

“The hot summer has resulted in extremely low levels in the reservoir which feeds the River Liffey with no hope of relief rainfall, according to the long-range forecast.

“In the interests of attendee health, safety and enjoyment, we have made the difficult decision to cancel this year’s event.”

If the race is postponed to April, the organization will offer participants the possibility of moving their registration to the new date.

“At this point, we wanted to give you as much notice as possible of the cancellation, so please bear with us while we review our options,” the statement read.

“We understand that Liffey Descent holds a special place in your calendar and we share your disappointment that it is not taking place this year.

“We will be in touch with updates when we have a firm decision on dates.”

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