19th Iron­man Ea­gle­man set for June 12

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CAM­BRIDGE — The 19th an­nual Iron­man 70.3 Ea­gle­man will be held Sun­day, June 12, start­ing around 6:30 a.m. with a 1.2-mile swim in the Chop­tank River from Great Marsh Park, which also is where the fin­ish line is lo­cated.

More than 2,400 ath­letes are ex­pected to com­pete in the event, which also in­cludes a 56-mile bi­cy­cle ride to Golden Hill and back (through parts of Black­wa­ter Na­tional Wildlife Refuge) and then a 13.1-mile run through west­ern Cam­bridge.

CAM­BRIDGE — The 19th an­nual Iron­man 70.3 Ea­gle­man will be held Sun­day, June 12, start­ing around 6:30 a.m. with a 1.2-mile swim in the Chop­tank River from Great Marsh Park, which also is where the fin­ish line is lo­cated.

More than 2,400 ath­letes are ex­pected to com­pete in the event, which also in­cludes a 56-mile bi­cy­cle ride to Golden Hill and back (through parts of Black­wa­ter Na­tional Wildlife Refuge) and then a 13.1-mile run through west­ern Cam­bridge.

Mo­torists are re­minded to ex­er­cise cau­tion on the fol­low­ing road­ways Sun­day, ac­cord­ing to race or­ga­niz­ers: Rt. 335 and Key Wal­lace Drive from 9 to 11 a.m., state Route 16 and Egypt Road from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., state Route 343 around Horn Point, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Spec­ta­tors are wel­come and en­cour­aged Sun­day along the race routes and to cheer on the ath­letes as they cross the fin­ish line at Great Marsh Park.

Set­ting a course record for the bike split at the 2015 Iron­man 70.3 Ea­gle­man triathlon, Cody Beals of On­tario, Canada, won his first vic­tory as a pro­fes­sional triath­lete with a time of 3 hours, 51 min­utes, 5 sec­onds.

Jordan Rapp, of Thou­sand Oaks, Calif., who has won five Iron­man com­pe­ti­tions, fin­ished se­cond with a time of 4:01:40. Bar­rett Bran­don, of Fort Worth, Tex., who was first out of the wa­ter (26:08), placed third at 4:02:50.

Sarah Hask­ins, of Cler­mont, Fla. won the women’s com­pe­ti­tion with a time of 4:16:43. Heather Leiggi, of Mil­ton, Del. was se­cond (4:28:04) and Sarah Pi­ampiano, of Sausal­ito, Calif. was third (4:29:45).

The race is the largest Iron­man 70.3 event in the Mid-At­lantic re­gion, and one of the most pop­u­lar Iron­man 70.3 triathlons in the coun­try, bring­ing in more than 2,400 ath­letes, in­clud­ing 50 world­class pro­fes­sional triath­letes from 26 dif­fer­ent coun­tries, to par­tic­i­pate.

Cam­bridge also is home to Iron­man Mary­land, held in the fall the last two years. Iron­man Mary­land is one of only 12 full-dis­tance Iron­man triathlons in North Amer­ica.

The two Iron­man races in Dorchester County brought about 3,500 par­tic­i­pants and gen­er­ated $5.47 mil­lion in eco­nomic ben­e­fits to the re­gion in 2015.

“The races have a tremen­dous im­pact on the com­mu­nity eco­nomic-wise,” said Dorchester Cham­ber of Com­merce Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Bill Christo­pher. “It brings a lot of peo­ple in. If only 1 per­cent of those peo­ple like the county and de­cide to stay, we just in­creased the pop­u­la­tion, tax base and busi­nesses that come in.

“It is a won­der­ful thing for the com­mu­nity, plus the over­all pub­lic­ity it brings in,” he said. “Even though the 2015 Iron­man was de­layed by two weeks for se­vere weather, it still had a sig­nif­i­cant im­pact.”

PHOTOS BY CHRIS KNAUSS

Cody Beals, of On­tario, Canada, cel­e­brates his first vic­tory as a pro­fes­sional triath­lete af­ter win­ning the 2015 Iron­man 70.3 Ea­gle­man triathlon in Cam­bridge.

Sarah Hask­ins, of Cler­mont, Florida poses at the fin­ish line af­ter win­ning the women’s com­pe­ti­tion at the 2015 Iron­man Ea­gle­man 70.3 triathlon in Cam­bridge.

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