Ironman returns to Cambridge
CAMBRIDGE — Ironman Maryland returns to Cambridge for the fourth year with more than 1,200 athletes from around the world coming to Dorchester County to compete in the triathlon on Saturday, Oct 7.
The race will kick off at 6:45 a.m. on Saturday at Great Marsh Park in Cambridge.
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 2018 Ironman World Championship held in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.
Athletes range from 18 to 77 years old representing 44 U.S. states and 32 countries. Maryland has the most representatives with 154 registered participants and New York with the second most at 131.
Due to unsafe water conditions and course flooding, the swim at the 2016 Ironman Maryland was cancelled and the bike course was modified to a distance to 100 miles. Instead of a typical wave start, race organizers opted for a timetrial start for the bicycling segment.
Chris Nocera, an engineer from Stamford, Conn. won the endurance race with a marathon run of 2 hours, 50 minutes, and 59 seconds to overtake all frontrunners in time for his first Ironman title. He completed the entire course om 6:59:24.
Lisa Goetz, of Toronto, Canada, also admittedly not the best swimmer, rallied with a run of 3:28:41 to overtake six athletes and crossed the finish line first as the top female athlete. Goetz, competing in her fifth Ironman and winning her first overall title, rode the bike circuit through the waterfront town and Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge in 4:41:55. She finished the overall race in 8:14:27.
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.
There are four members of Cambridge Multi-Sport competing — Tom Hutchinson, Melissa Lantz, Aubrey Port and Michele Potter.
Four Dorchester County Public School students will be at the finish line as the first-place finishers cross the line. Two students will hold the tape across the finish line, and two others will present the finisher medals to the first-place male and female.
The Athlete Welcome Ceremony will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Governor’s Hall at Sailwinds. The event is open to the public. A ribbon cutting at the Sandy Hill Elementary School playground will be down at noon Friday, Oct. 6. The playground was redone through funding from Ironman.
Also held in Cambridge is the Ironman 70.3 Eagleman, a summer event nineteen years running in the area.
For more information on Ironman and The Ironman Foundation, visit www.ironman.com and www.ironmanfoundation.org.
The 2016 Ironman Maryland overall winner Chris Nocera, of Stamford, Connecticut, is shown here with support from volunteers Raymond Morace, left, and Mark Forsyth after Nocera finished with the fastest time in Cambridge.
Lisa Goetz, of Toronto, Canada, crosses the finish line as the fastest female athlete at the 2016 Ironman Maryland in Cambridge.