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Triathlon sponsor cancels NM event, offers refunds

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Heightened measures following the Boston bombings have led to the cancellation of one of New Mexico's largest triathlons.

The Jay Benson Triathlon had been scheduled Sunday at Kirtland Air Force Base.

The sponsor has told the hundreds of expected participants that it's canceled and is offering full refunds.

Duane Kinsley is the owner of Sports Systems, the title sponsor of the event. He says the retail store couldn't meet increased requirements to get participants on base. Those included submitting Social Security and driver's license numbers for athletes.

Kinsley says the need for safety is understandable and that the sponsors will try to find a new venue for next year's event.