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2019-10-10 00:28:04

CINCINNATI (AP) - The Great Ohio River Swim has been canceled due to the harmful algal bloom that could endanger swimmers’ health.

Organizers canceled the event Tuesday after it was postponed from late September to Oct. 13. The race is scheduled to return in 2020.

The event website thanked participants for their patience through the rescheduling and cancellation and said they can request a refund by email.

Greater Cincinnati Water Works says the ongoing bloom of blue-green algae does not endanger residents’ drink water.

The city’s health department says anyone swimming, boating or fishing could potentially be at risk of exposure.

Health officials have warned that people encountering the harmful algae can have an array of reactions including irradiated skin and eyes as well as cause stomach cramps, headache and difficulty breathing.

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