WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — A triathlon scheduled for the nation’s capital in June has been canceled after the National Park Service denied race organizers a permit to use the National Mall.

This would have been the third year of the Washington DC Triathlon. The park service typically does not allow races to be run on the Mall in June, the busiest month of the year for visitors, but had made exceptions the past two years.

Park service superintendent Bob Vogel said in a statement Thursday that the exception couldn’t be granted this year, in part because the race would have impeded access to the new Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial.

The race announced the cancellation on its website. Registration fees can be refunded through March 28.

Registrants also have the option to transfer their registration to other events located in Annapolis, New York, Philadelphia, Providence or Virginia Beach. They can also register for the Nation’s Triathlon in the District on Sept. 9.

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