Ironman announced this afternoon that Ironman Maryland, which was set to take place this Saturday in Cambridge, Md., has been canceled due to projected flooding in the area from Hurricane Joaquin. According to a news release sent earlier this week by Ironman, more than 2,300 registered athletes were expected to compete in the event.
Race organizers are asking athletes not to travel to the area as the weather is forecasted to bring abnormally high tides, heavy rain and wind.
“Given the severity of the expected weather conditions, which may—depending on the path of Joaquin—require the evacuation of certain coastal regions on the Delmarva Peninsula, we cannot guarantee that public safety officials will be able to provide the support necessary for the safe execution of our event,” Ironman said in the statement about the cancellation, posted on the race’s Facebook page. “The safety of our athletes, volunteers, spectators, and staff is our number one priority.”
The statement goes on to say that organizers are tentatively planning to host the event on Saturday, Oct. 17, but emphasized that no decisions will be made until the impact of the storm is assessed. Final communication about a possible date change will be sent out by next Tuesday, Oct. 6.