What was to have been the inaugural Cannonsville Adventure Triathlon has been canceled, organizers announced Wednesday in a media release and on the event's blog.

According to the release, the small number of people signed up for the June 5 event was a factor in the decision to cancel the race, which was to feature a canoe segment in place of the traditional swimming portion of the triathlon. The cancellation was also attributed to "large financial and time commitments that needed to be made in the next few days."

"It is unfortunate that all the parties involved with the first inaugural Cannonsville Adventure Triathlon had to make a decision to cancel the event for lack of participation," Delaware County Board Chairman Jim Eisel said in the release. "I believe the overall economic condition in our region at this time has made possible participants very cautious when it comes to spending their entertainment dollars."

Delaware County Economic Director Glenn Nealis said he sees the potential for a similar event to be put together in the future.

"We will take another look at what type of race we can hold here that will highlight (the region) and be easy for racers to participate in," Nealis said. "What that will look like for 2012 will be decided over the coming months, be it a true triathlon, biathlon, paddle-only event or adventure race with different components."

Boaters bringing canoes, kayaks, rowboats or small sailboats onto the Cannonsville Reservoir must obtain a permit from the state Department of Environmental Conservation then have their boat washed by an authorized steam cleaner before going out onto the water. There is no charge for permits, but there is a charge for cleaning.

Mary Beth Silano, Delaware County Chamber of Commerce executive director, praised the collaboration between disparate agencies, municipalities and organizations in planning the event.

"Everyone was incredibly professional, accessible and thorough in putting together their portion of the event," Silano said in the release. "While we are all disappointed we could not start it this year. We are eager to put what we learned to work for a great event next year."

In addition to the Delaware County Chamber, the DEP and the county Economic Development office, the effort included the town and village of Hancock, local and state highway departments, the Delaware County Sheriff's Office and Emergency Management Service, state police, the Hancock Chamber of Commerce, Hancock Partners and the Catskill Watershed Corp.

According to the release, the blog at cannonsvilletriathlon.blogspot.com will remain active and will be a source of information for future similar events.

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