CHARLOTTE, N.C. (FOX 46) - A charity race that brings in nearly $100,000 for kids with cancer and other illnesses has been canceled after event organizers said they’ve received concerns from people about its location.
For the past three years, the event has been held at Trump National Golf Club in Mooresville, right outside of Charlotte. This would've been the fourth time at this location.
Event organizers said some participants in the race and people from the community are not in favor of the event being held there, following the election of current president Donald Trump.
The director and founder, Chuck Mcallister, wouldn’t go into specifics about what led up to the final decision to cancel the race. However, he did say it was the safest choice to make.
“Unfortunately, as sad as it is, and the only ones that lose are the kids that we raise money for. And the athletes that come for a first class event, lose. But, we had to do it for the interest of all involved,” Mcallister said.
Mcallister said he changed the name of the event from “Tri at the Trump” to “Tri For Good” but that it still wasn’t enough to ease concerns.
“It’s tough. I can’t believe we’ve come to this place in country. It’s really sad,” Mcallister said.
About 300 people on average participate in the event each year.
The charities involved will receive the funds that have already been raised. But won’t get what they were expecting, since more money would’ve be generated on the day of the race.
Mcallister plans to hold the race next year.