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Portland Regatta Canceled Due To Toxic Algae

This weekend’s Row for the Cure Regatta has been canceled because of toxic algae. Founder Kathy Frederick says about 600 people had expected row or paddle in the Portland fundraiser.

Dragon boats race on the Willamette River.

Dragon boats race on the Willamette River.

Courtesy Team Fusion Dragon Boat Team

The event has been held in the Willamette River ever year since 1994. It involves both rowing and dragon boat races.

Frederick says a regatta brunch will still be held Sunday, even though the races are canceled. She also says funds already raised will still be donated to the local Susan G. Komen breast cancer nonprofit affiliate.

Last weekend, the swimming part of a triathlon was canceled because of the algae bloom.