Sept. 21, 2013
ChesapeakeMan brands itself as an “endurance festival,” and the title fits. The event celebrates all forms of endurance, from a 2.4 mile swim race to the “Skipjack,” a unique 75.2 mile triathlon. The crown jewel of the weekend, however, is ChesapeakeMan, the iron-distance race that utilizes much of the same course as the popular Ironman 70.3 Eagleman race.
Athletes swim in the Hambrooks Bay section of the Choptank River, where waters are shallow and brackish, but calm. Athletes then follow a flat, picturesque course through the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge followed by a flat, three-loop run course.
The course facilitates camaraderie and a sense of community, reflecting the values of the non-profit race organizers, TriColumbia. Proceeds from ChesapeakeMan are donated to charities, including the YMCA, Challenged Athletes Association, and Paralyzed Veterans Association.
“There’s a real small-town feel to ChesapeakeMan, and that makes it so comfortable,” says Ali Makins, who raced in 2011, “One of the aid stations is run by the family whose yard it’s in, and I just love that.”
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