The Augustana Twilight has been canceled for 2020. The cross country event, which is held annually under the lights at Yankton Trails Park, will return next September.
In a statement, Augustana coach Tracy Hellman said the decision was made following discussions with the city of Sioux Falls, healthcare providers and Augustana administration.
“What makes the Twilight so unique is the atmosphere, and we don’t want to lose that,” Hellman said. “After discussions with our local health care providers and countless others, it doesn’t seem possible to put on the event and have it have the same energy and format, and do it safely with the number of spectators, athletes and fans.”
Each year, Yankton Trail Park hosts over 5,000 athletes, coaches and fans for the event, with race divisions ranging from the NCAA Division I ranks to high school junior varsity. The 2019 version saw a record number of teams compete at the event.
The 10th installment is scheduled for Sept. 3, 2021 at Yankton Trails Park.
Information regarding the 2021 event can be found at GoAugie.com/Twilight.
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