IRONMAN has announced that Cambridge, Maryland will become the twelfth U.S. location in the IRONMAN® Series. The inaugural IRONMAN Maryland triathlon will take place on Saturday, September 20, 2014, becoming the first IRONMAN® race in the Mid-Atlantic.
“We are delighted to add IRONMAN Maryland to our race lineup for 2014,” said Andrew Messick, Chief Executive Officer for IRONMAN. “We have been looking to expand into the Mid-Atlantic as there is a thriving triathlon community in this region. We look forward to working with city, county and state officials to create a top-rate event that will benefit and excite the local communities.”
General registration for the inaugural IRONMAN Maryland triathlon will open Thursday, April 17 at noon ET on www.ironman.com/maryland. The 2.4-mile swim will take place in the Choptank River on the Delmarva Peninsula. The 112-mile bike will take athletes through Dorchester County and into the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge. The 26.2-mile run is flat on country roads providing a scenic and fast course.
The announcement of IRONMAN Maryland is made in connection with IRONMAN’s proposed imminent acquisition of the ChesapeakeMan event from The Columbia Triathlon Association, Inc. (CTA). Concurrently, IRONMAN also anticipates acquiring and operating three additional CTA events that were previously licensed from IRONMAN: IRONMAN® 70.3® Eagleman, the Iron Girl® Rocky Gap Women’s Triathlon and the Iron Girl 13.1 & Family Fun 5K, which IRONMAN plans to call the Iron Girl Columbia Half Marathon and Family Fun 5K.
IRONMAN 70.3 Eagleman is sold out for 2014. All entry fees previously paid will be honored.
Through the IRONMAN Foundation Community Fund, grants will be provided to support non-profit needs and initiatives within the local communities as part of the IRONMAN® Maryland triathlon. In 2013, the IRONMAN Foundation donated more than $1.6 million to IRONMAN race communities.