Bridge Day to go on without BASE jumping

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FAYETTEVILLE, WV (WVNS) — The Bridge Day Commission held a meeting on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 to discuss the upcoming event.

Marcus Ellison, the BASE Jumping Coordinator for Bridge Day, made the decision to cancel the tradition this year. This mean BASE Jumping off the New River Gorge Bridge will not happen for the 2021 event. Ellison said he made this decision because he did not think it was possible to create a safe environment for his jumpers.

“The well being of my jumpers is the number one priority as an event organizer. Myself and my partner, Mark, did not feel that we could provide that environment on Bridge Day,” Ellison explained.

They will be sending a letter to people who are already signed up to jump.

The Bridge Day Commission also passed a motion to vote on whether to cancel Bridge Day during the commission’s next meeting. That meeting will be on Wednesday, September 29, 2021.

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