The Bridport Triathlon has been cancelled for good this year, but Triathlon Tasmania has saved the Olympic state championship race from the same fate for another day.
The state's only sanctioned event over a 1.5km swim, a 40km cycle and a 10km run will be rescheduled to take place on February 2 at Seven Mile Beach, east of Hobart.
That date will also host the second round of the state series that was affected by thick smoke emanating from Australian bushfires that had reached the North East coast.
Bridport was to be the first triathlon in the country to be called off over air quality.
All races were postponed more than two hours before the start. Launceston Triathlon Club attempted to organise a new date for Bridport unsuccessfully this week.
A determined Triathlon Tasmania executive director Maree Blackaby did not want to abandon competitors that had trained for weeks to race in the state's pinnacle event.
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"We talked to all the clubs and Triathlon South had a club triathlon that had an Olympic distance planned in February, so we're going to make that race a state series race as well as our Olympic championship," she said.
The gala day will include an enticer and tri-stars event.
The Launceston Triathlon Club released a statement on social media over scrapping its Bridport state round.
"The committee of the Launceston Triathlon Club has made the difficult decision to officially cancel the Bridport Triathlon," organiser Matthew Wheatley said.
"We have worked hard, in consultation with Cradle Coast Triathlon, Multisport, Triathlon South and Triathlon Tasmania to try to find a way to reschedule the event we postponed on Saturday due to the bushfire smoke.
"We have been unable to find a date and location that would have provided a safe and enjoyable racing opportunity in an already crowded calendar, and one that would not have significantly increased the cost."
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