Known as the “Heart of the Chesapeake,” Dorchester County offers thousands of miles of shoreline, amazing local seafood stops, a rich and nationally known wildlife refuge and of course, home of IRONMAN Maryland and other triathlons.
Home of IRONMAN Maryland, Dorchester County has more shoreline than any other county in the state. From the Chesapeake Bay to the Choptank and Nanticoke Rivers to dramatic marshlands, water is central to life here. It’s no wonder Dorchester draws outdoor enthusiasts, birders, photographers, hunters, cyclists, boaters, paddlers, and others from near and far.
Dorchester County on Maryland’s Eastern Shore has been hosting triathlons of all levels for more than 25 years. The area has become a favorite for triathletes. The county is flat and fast, with beautiful landscapes and waterways, marshlands, farm fields, woods, and quaint small towns. Majority of the bike portion of several triathlon races takes place in the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge. The Refuge is a 27,000-acre area that USA Today has named as one of the best refuges in the country.
Gerry Boyle, IRONMAN Maryland and IRONMAN 70.3 Eagleman Race Director, has great things to say about race competition in Dorchester County. “As a Race Director, it is a gift and pleasure to plan and host two major triathlon events in a community that has welcomed these activities for many years. IRONMAN 70.3 Eagleman is in its 22nd year with IRONMAN Maryland in its 5th year. The success of these internationally known races is due to the welcoming attitude of the residents of Dorchester County and the amazing athlete friendly conditions over which to race, in a challenging but safe manner. We are the smallest community on the IRONMAN circuit but believe we have the biggest heart. Open expanses of beautiful countryside, full of wildlife and gorgeous scenery make this a highly favored location for athletes from around the world.”
The 2018 IRONMAN Maryland (September 29th) offers 40 qualifying slots for the 2019 IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.
To learn more regarding Dorchester County and IRONMAN Maryland, please visit their website for more information.