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Ironman announced today that Cambridge, Md. will become the 12th U.S. Ironman. The inaugural Ironman Maryland will take place on Saturday, Sept. 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.”
Ironman Maryland is a replacement of Chesapeakeman, which was owned and operated by The Columbia Triathlon Association, Inc. The press release states that Ironman also anticipates acquiring and operating three additional 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.
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.