Ironman Maryland comes to Cambridge Sept. 30
CAMBRIDGE — Athletes from around the world will come to Cambridge to run the Ironman Maryland 2016 triathlon on Saturday, Sept. 30.
Check-in begins at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 28 when the Ironman Village will open at Long Wharf Park. The race will kick off at 6:45 a.m. on Saturday at Great Marsh Park.
The 2.4-mile swim will take place in the Choptank River. The 112-mile bike will take athletes through Dorchester County and into the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge. The 26.2-mile run is flat on country roads providing a scenic and fast course.
The Ironman Maryland 2016 will offer 40 qualifying slots for the 2017 Ironman World Championship held in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.
Tim Smith, of Brooklyn, N.Y., was the first to complete the 2015 race. He finished the swim–which was shortened from 2.4 miles to 3,000 meters due to wind–in 41:16, the bike in 4:38:34, and the run in 3:10:49 for a total time of 8 hours, 38 minutes, and 21 seconds.
Christopher Thomas, of Easton, Conn., finished second with a time of 8:50:21, and Matias Palavecino, of Alexandria, Va., took third with a time of 8:51:07.
Christina Lauer, of Washington, D.C., was the fastest female, placing 33rd overall with a time of 9:42:56. Kristin White, of Manlius, N.Y., was the second-fastest female with a time of 9:47:56, and Pierina Luncio, of Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, was the third fastest with a time of 9:48:26.
Cambridge became the 12th U.S. location in the Ironman Series when it hosted the inaugural Ironman Maryland triathlon in 2014, becoming the first Ironman race in the Mid-Atlantic region. The 2014 Maryland Ironman drew participants from 17 countries and 48 states.
Also held in Cambridge is the Ironman 70.3 Eagleman, a summer event nineteen years running in the area.
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.”
The Ironman Foundation Community Fund also granted $10,000 to the Dorchester County YMCA in 2015 for the purchase of a 16-person passenger bus to increase accessibility to YMCA programming for the community’s youth.
New Zealander Tim Smith smiles after finishing the 2015 Ironman Maryland in first place at Long Wharf Park in Cambridge. Smith completed the 3,000-meter swim, 112-mile bike, and 26.2 mile run in 8:38:21.