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Deschutes County Commissioner Alan Unger says it would've been nice to have both the Leadman and the Ironman come to Central Oregon. But last week, supporters who want to bring the Ironman Triathlon to Central Oregon backed off, after Leadman organizers objected to an event on or near the same weekend of their event. Commissioner Unger says the County played more of a supportive role rather than pushing for either race.  "But I think the biggest thing was the groups that were organizing both of these needed to work better together. Visit Bend, COVA, those kind of groups would’ve worked it out before it came to us.” KBND: “So, what did we learn? Better communication?” Unger: “Yes. And I think we need to realize there are Bend centric events and Central Oregon events and we all need to understand that they are both out there and they are both important.” The Leadman attracts about 250 athletes; and the Ironman draws in ten times that amount. Unger was a guest this morning on 1110 KBND's “Your Town.”

 

 

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