Ironman brand owner World Triathlon Corp (WTC) has announced that Cambridge, Maryland, will become the twelfth US location in the Ironman series. The inaugural Ironman Maryland triathlon will take place on Saturday 20 September 2014, becoming the first Ironman race in the Mid-Atlantic region.
“We are delighted to add Ironman Maryland to our race line-up 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 on Thursday 17 April 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.
Ironman Maryland will offer 30 age group qualifying slots to the 2015 Ironman World Championship taking place on 10 October 2015 in Kailua-Kona, Hawai`i.
Acquiring TriColumbia events
The announcement of Ironman Maryland is made in connection with Ironman’s proposed imminent acquisition of the ChesapeakeMan event from The Columbia Triathlon Association, also known as TriColumbia.
The 30 year old, non-profit, Columbia Triathlon Association (CTA), aka TriColumbia, has experienced financial difficulties – with recent reports pointing to an organisation on the brink of collapse.
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.
Registration for Iron Girl Columbia Half Marathon and Family Fun 5K and Iron Girl Rocky Gap is open now at www.irongirl.com. Ironman 70.3 Eagleman is sold out for 2014. WTC notes that all entry fees previously paid will be honoured.
In addition, Ironman is pleased that The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults (UCF) is in active discussions with CTA to acquire the rights to own and operate the Iron Girl Columbia Women’s Triathlon as well as the Columbia Triathlon. According to reports, UCF expects to finalize an agreement next week and will re-open registration for those two races shortly thereafter.
“We’re excited at the prospect of a strong community partner such as the Ulman Cancer Fund operating these two important community races,” said Steve Meckfessel, Managing Director of Global Race Operations for Ironman.
The Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults creates a community of support for young adults who are fighting cancer — not only through events but also through patient navigation, scholarship programs and a variety of other support and survivorship programs. UCF has been a long time partner and supporter of CTA and was the first national beneficiary of the Iron Girl event series.
It is anticipated that CTA’s Kidz Triathlon, scheduled for 20 July 2014, will be owned and operated by the MINI COW TRI CLUB.
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 US$1.6 million to Ironman race communities.
Since its inception in 2003, The Ironman Foundation has made philanthropic contributions totalling more than US$20 million to numerous non-profit beneficiaries worldwide. The mission of The Ironman Foundation is: to leave Ironman’s legacy through philanthropy, voluntarism and grant making; by supporting various athletic, community, education, health, human services and public benefit non-profit organizations around the world. The Ironman Foundation is a U.S. registered 501(c)(3).