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Preserve Championship Round 3 Play To Continue

By Jeff Spring
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Sunday, August 1, 2021 // Clearwater, MN

Final round competition of the Preserve Championship Designed by Leiviska Disc Golf will proceed as planned after poor air quality forecasts threatened to suspend play headed into Round 3 on Sunday. Smoke from Canadian wildfires North of Minnesota have been affecting widespread swaths of the state over the past 5 days, but the forecast and air quality has improved over Saturday afternoon and into Sunday morning.

Over the course of the event, the AQI (air quality index) has hovered around 150 and the forecast showed Sunday numbers potentially pushing above 200. However, on Saturday afternoon, due to rains in Canada that  helped to suppress the fires, the smoke cleared significantly and the AQI at the event site dropped below 100 into the 80s.

The forecast for Sunday remains significantly improved no longer projecting higher numbers. The AQI is currently hovering in the 120-130s, which allows for safe outdoor activity for healthy adults. People with heart or lung disease, older adults and children are recommended to choose less strenuous activities (walking instead of running) and reduce the time they are active outdoors.

Tee times remain unaffected and the live broadcast of the event will begin as planned at 1:30 PM Central Time.