Iron­man re­turns to Cam­bridge

Dorchester Star - - Front Page - By DUSTIN HOLT dholt@ches­

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.iron­ and www.iron­man­foun­da­


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.

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