Over 2,000 athletes gathered before sunrise on the shores of Great Marsh Park in Dorchester County last September 20th to begin the first leg of the inaugural 2014 IRONMAN Maryland triathlon. The race started with a 2.4 mile swim in the fresh water of the Choptank River, which led to a 112 mile bike ride through the flat roads of the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge and finished with a 26.2 mile run through historic downtown Cambridge. The finish line, located at the Waterfront Park and Marina, was something that Gerry Boyle, IRONMAN Maryland Event Director, had only ever dreamed of before May of 2014. Continue reading
With cold temperatures predicted to stay at least five more weeks here in Maryland, the Annapolis Yacht Club sets sail to carry on the second half of their 2014-2015 Frostbite Series. Frostbite racing, or Frostbiting, is another term for sailing in the winter and as “America’s Sailing Capital”, sailing enthusiasts are not about to let a little cold weather keep them from their boats. Local sailing aficionados at the Annapolis Yacht Club have been producing numerous sailing events to help grow the sport since its’ inception in 1866 as the Severn Boat Club, located in a small-one story frame shack on an oyster pile. In the late 1930’s to early 40’s the Boat Club was changed into what is now known as the Annapolis Yacht Club. In following years, around the early 1960’s, the creation of the Frostbite series was implemented by Club.
This summer, Los Angeles will be hosting the largest sports and humanitarian event anywhere in the world. From July 25 to August 2, more than 3,000 coaches, 30,000 volunteers 500,000 spectators, and 7,000 athletes representing 177 countries, will assemble for the 2015 Special Olympics World Summer Games (www.la2015.org). While California seems like a world away from home sweet home, six athletes will be representing Maryland on Team USA. The team features: Eddie Murphy from Queen Anne’s County (Cycling), Terrel Limerick from Montgomery County (Sailing), Chris Dooley from Caroline County (Kayaking), Abigail Reznik from Prince George’s County (Swimming), Alicia Gogue from Anne Arundel County (Cycling), and Ben Stevick from Howard County (Equestrian). Continue reading