GREENVILLE — Of the many events canceled in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic, one of the first major dominos to fall locally was the annual Tri Greenville Triathlon.
One year later, event co-director Kris Berry is hopeful the event will serve as the first of many to return, bringing with it a sense of normalcy from a time before.
As the director of the city’s Community Center and Recreation & Parks Department, Berry is confident that come June 5, the eighth annual triathlon event can be held safely.
“Last year, COVID-19 hit us all of a sudden and we were underprepared to tackle it,” she recalled. “This year, regardless, unless we go into a high-risk phase again in which we would shut it down, I’m really confident. Based on the experiences we have had in the last year, organizing smaller events like the illumination walk which featured 700 people, I think we can tackle this kind of an event. Colleagues across the country are also navigating through the same things, sharing information, which is very helpful.”
In bringing the event back, Berry said she will place safety at the forefront.
“If there ever becomes a point that I’m wavering on the safety of it, we’ll pull the plug,” she said. “That’s not…