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Titanium Triathlon called after several lightning strikes

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WZZM) -- Nearly 700 athletes started to compete in Michigan's fourth annual Titanium Triathlon Sunday in Plainfield Township. Unfortunately for most of them, they never got to finish.

The event was called off after several lightning strikes in the area.

Race co-director Ann Vidro tells us only the Olympic distance athletes were able to finish. The Olympic distance is a 1.5k swim, 40k bike and 10k run.

Vidro says it was especially hard to call the race with so many special stories competing this year.

Among the race competitors was Kalamazoo native Scott Lacey, 31. Lacey is legally blind. He would have been accompanied by guides during the 2.4 mile swim and marathon, and ride tandem for the 112 mile stretch along Northland Drive.

"It has become more of a challenge against myself," Lacey said.

Another competitor was trying to break the world record for most half-distance marathons run in one year.

Parts of Northland and Cannonsburg drives were shut down for the event. Due to the road closures needed for the race, it will not be rescheduled.