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2021, Friday, August 20

Despite missing out on running at the Tokyo Olympics following a positive marijuana test, Sha’Carri Richardson will compete at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon, this weekend. Athing Mu, who won gold in the 800 meters at the Tokyo Olympics at 19 years old, and Allyson Felix, the most decorated American in track and field history, are three other stars to watch. [Running for Women]

A toxic algal bloom is suspected to have been to blame for the deaths of a Northern California couple, their baby, and their dog while hiking a remote trail in the Sierra National Forest earlier this week. Families have been found dead under mysterious circumstances, with no signs of trauma and no obvious cause of death. The family was found at Devil’s Gulch area along the south fork of the Merced River on Tuesday, a little more than a mile from their vehicle. They were reported missing by a family friend the night before.

What happened remains a mystery to investigators. The area where the family was found was initially considered a hazmat site, but that declaration was lifted Wednesday. Mariposa County sheriff Jeremy Briese said he didn’t think that gas from nearby abandoned mines was a factor. The bodies are undergoing autopsies and toxicology exams, which could shed light on the cause of death. [NPR]

As a result of the surge in Delta-variant infections, Hawaii’s Ironman World Championship has been pushed back to February 2022. It is still expected that the championship will take place in 2022. [Triathlete]

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