Ironman Maryland comes to Cambridge
CAMBRIDGE — Athletes from around the world will come to Cambridge to run the Ironman Maryland 2016 triathlon on Saturday, Oct. 1.
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 26.2mile 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 Mar yland 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 will distribute $58,000 in charitable giveback to nonprofit initiatives and groups in Cambridge, in conjunction with the 2016 Ironman Maryland triathlon
A total of $73,000 has been given back to the Cambridge community this year. The Ironman Foundation Community Fund provides community and volunteerism grant opportunities to nonprofit organizations where Ironman events are held. The foundation’s contribution will provide support to nonprofit needs and initiatives within the local community, and brings the total giveback to more than $169,000 in the region.
Another featured grant recipient, the Dorchester County Family YMCA, will receive a $5,000 grant to help transform a storage area of the YMCA into a kitchen area with laundry facilities that will improve community use and access of the YMCA space, as well as enhance summer camp experiences.
“Thanks to The Ironman Foundation, we will be able to finish our kitchen project at the YMCA which will enable us to enhance our summer camp program and on site after-school program,” said JoAnn Hansen, chief executive officer of the Dorchester County Family YMCA. “It also enables us to provide additional support to family and community activities that the Dorchester Family YMCA sponsors, such as our Annual Crab Run and Heart of the Chesapeake Bike Tour.”
For more information on Ironman and The Ironman Foundation, visit www.ironman.com and www.ironmanfoundation.org
Christina Lauer, of Washington, D.C. finishes the 2015 Ironman Maryland as the first female at Long Wharf Park in Cambridge. Lauer completed the 3,000-meter swim, 112-mile bike, and a 26.2-mile run in 9:42:56.