Iron­man Mary­land comes to Cam­bridge

Dorchester Star - - Front Page - By VIC­TO­RIA WIN­GATE vwingate@ches­pub.com

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

PHOTO BY CHRIS KNAUSS

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.

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