As our communities head towards the peak of COVID cases in the coming four to six weeks, Hell of the West organisers have made the difficult decision to postpone the event.
"This is going to be a challenging phase and makes it very hard to guarantee the viability of holding a large event in a small regional town during this time," a spokesperson said.
"Therefore, due to our commitment to keeping our participants, volunteers, and the community safe the HOTW committee has postponed the Festival of Hell weekend to April 2 and 3."
All registered participants will be sent an email with postponement details by this Friday.
"The Goondiwindi Triathlon Club has the passion and commitment to ensure the new rescheduled date will be an outstanding success and safer for everyone involved," the spokesperson said.
"Weather conditions in April may not be as Hellish, but rest assured it will still be the Hell of the West that you have all come to expect and support since 1989.
"We hope by then COVID conditions aren't as hellish either.
"Thank you for your understanding and cooperation during this challenging time.
"We understand our new date will not suit all competitors, event partners and volunteers, and it will also impact on local businesses and other local events like the Battle on the Balonne.
"However, this decision has been necessary, as we can not guarantee that our essential event co-ordinators and volunteers will be available on race day due to rising positive COVID cases within our community and the subsequent illness and quarantine restrictions.
"Postponement is going to be a huge task for us to organise and administer, so please keep an eye on socials, and emails for more information, and contact your accommodation to discuss changes.
"Stay safe and look out for each other, we will get through this. See you all on the 2nd and 3rd of April.
"Look on the bright side, you now have eight more weeks to train!"