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Death Valley suspends sporting events in park

December 20, 2013

Southern Inyo residents are kicking off a letter-writing campaign to save the Badwater Ultra Marathon after Death Valley National Park issued a moratorium on sporting events pending a safety evaluation. Residents hope to be able to continue the popular race while the evaluation takes place. Photo courtesy AdventureCORPS, Inc.

Inyo residents are expressing fear and outrage in the wake of Death Valley National Park’s “moratorium” on permits for sporting events within the park.
The National Park Service said it is implementing the suspension to allow staff to evaluate the events and safety concerns, due to extreme conditions in the nation’s largest national park.
The fear among Southern Inyo residents is that the park’s move may be the death of events like that Badwater Ultra Marathon, which, according to the Lone Pine Chamber of Commerce, are responsible for contributing $1.2 million to local communities each year.
The Lone Pine Chamber is kicking off a letter-writing campaign urging DVNP to allow the events to continue while the safety evaluation is being conducted.
Read more in the Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013 edition of The Inyo Register.

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