After seven runnings, the annual Bud Lite triathlon is leaving Baltimore.
Lyn Brooks, director of the race, told The Evening Sun that the event, last held June 23, "just became too expensive with all the charges, and Flo Bryan [of the U.S. Triathlon Association] said she's not even going to apply for Baltimore for next year."
Later, Brooks said, "The city was interested in having us return, ,, but Baltimore County backed off."
The event started with a swim at Gunpowder State Park, followed by the bike portion through Baltimore County to the Inner Harbor and a run from the Inner Harbor to Fort McHenry and back.
"We limited the field to 2,000. It was always a popular event and closed out every time, usually with at least 1,300 entries from out of state," Brooks added. "The point it came down to was that it was not worth the trouble."
Carol Hirschberg of the Baltimore County office of communications said, "It did seem to be a situation where the minuses outweighed the pluses."
The chief complaints were the required emergency services, such as police protection, and the inconvenience for county residents along the race course.
Hirschberg said there was no way of knowing the economic impact of the event on county businesses, but George Acton, general manager of the Winner Distributing Co., the area's Budweiser outlet, said the impact on the whole area was considerable.
He told The Evening Sun: "Of the 2,000 participants who took part in it every year, 80 percent came from out of town. They and their families had to stay somewhere, eat somewhere, buy gas somewhere. We're really sorry to see Baltimore lose it."