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Host Seaside has decided to cancel the 2021 3-Course Challenge meet, which was scheduled for Saturday at Camp Rilea.

Last year’s event was also canceled.

“We simply could not staff our first aid area,” said Neil Branson, former Seaside coach who co-directs the meet with Kerri Boutin. “Health care providers have been stretched to the limit, and to press them into further work would not be right.”

He added, “the good people at Camp Rilea had provided some parameters about the number of kids running at one time and the need to move teams on and off the base in an expedient manner.

“We were going to have a very different looking meet, and dare I say very interesting,” he said of the meet that has drawn thousands of runners and nearly 100 schools in the past. “We are disappointed. Coaches from schools that were going to come are disappointed and yet fully understand and support our decision to make the health of kids and coaches our number one priority … 2022 here we come.”

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