A Charlotte triathlon was canceled after criticism regarding its connection to President Donald Trump forced organizers to change the race's name.
The event, originally called Tri at the Trump, was to be held at the Trump National Golf Club in Mooresville on Oct. 8.
"This decision did not come easily, but was the only choice we had in light of events that have occurred over the last week," a post on the event's Facebook page said. "We will continue to support our beneficiaries and their causes."
The Facebook post said everyone who signed up for the race will receive a full refund.
Race organizer Chuck McAllister changed the name to "Tri for Good," according to a statement on the event Facebook page after he received complaints over the summer about the name of the race. McAllister announced the name had been changed Thursday.
For the past four years, the venue has hosted the event to benefit cancer-fighting causes like the Isabella Santos Foundation — which focuses on neuroblastoma research, and the Hemby Children’s Hospital — a St. Jude Children's Research Hospital affiliate clinic.
“That was my goal from day one — to raise money and awareness and help some of these kids,” McAllister told The Daily Tar Heel.
McAllister said he was hoping to wait until after the 2017 race to change the event's name.
“I believe circumstances now make it unavoidable but to do it now," he said in the Facebook statement.