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27th Annual Sea Gull Century Canceled

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(Photo: Seagullcentury.org) (Photo: Seagullcentury.org)

SALISBUIRY, Md.- The 27th Annual Sea Gull Century, which had been scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 3, has been canceled due to the weather. 

Salisbury University, which hosts the cycling event, made the announcement Thursday afternoon.

"We do not do this lightly. The safety of our 6,000 cyclists, some 200 volunteers, support staff, spectators and others is our top priority," organizers said on the Sea Gull Century website.

Organizers said they have been in close communication with the Maryland Emergency Management Agency regarding two potential weather events in the region. They noted that the National Weather Service currently has issued a flood watch for portions of Delmarva through Saturday evening, with 4-7 inches of rain forecasted. Winds up to 35 mph are predicted on Saturday. Organizers mentioned there is also is a hazardous weather outlook for the mid-Atlantic for the possible impacts of Hurricane Joaquin, including additional flooding, heavy rain and wind. They acknowledged that travel to and from Maryland’s Eastern Shore may be treacherous. 

"The Century relies annually upon many regional collaborations to help ensure the safety of riders and others. These partners include police agencies, rest stop operations and more," organizers said. "Given the possibility of weather-related emergencies and the preparations that are being made throughout the region, the demands upon these partners are high. Both the state and national parks on Assateague Island, one of our most popular rest stops, are closing in advance of the storm, for example."

All 2015 Sea Gull Century registrants will be receiving a detailed email with more information, organizers said.

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