Cambridge set to host IRONMAN Maryland for 6th Consecutive Year

Dorchester residents, businesses open doors to thousands of visitors next week

CAMBRIDGE, MD  — Known for its scenic byways and picturesque shorelines, Dorchester County is a haven for anyone who loves the outdoors. While the area is sought out by vacationers and weekend visitors because of its relaxed and laid back way of life, over the last decade, Dorchester County has made a name for itself as a premier destination for the highly competitive triathlon circuit, namely because of its partnership with IRONMAN

Dorchester County Tourism, along with officials from the City of Cambridge, are gearing up for the kickoff of the IRONMAN Maryland triathlon, which takes place Saturday, September 28. The competition is much more than a one-day event, it is the highlight of five-days of festivities, which celebrates the union between one of the most recognized brands in all of sports and one of the largest counties, by land area, in the state of Maryland.  

“IRONMAN has been an incredible partner over the years. The establishment of the IRONMAN Maryland race six-years-ago catapulted Dorchester County to the international stage for endurance racing,” said Amanda Fenstermaker, Director of Dorchester County Tourism. In that time, Fenstermaker says the county has seen a more than $25 million economic impact throughout the local community, the region, and the state. 

“The overall impact is significant based on the number of athletes and spectators that will be in Cambridge,” said Keats McGonigal, Senior Regional Director of the Mid-Atlantic Upper South Region for IRONMAN. “We have about 2,500 athletes registered. Each one of these athletes brings about two to four people with them, so we estimate about 10,000 people coming to Cambridge for the weekend,” McGonigal added. 

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IRONMAN Maryland Brings World-Class Competition to Mid-Atlantic

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