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Cambridge Businesses Say Ironman Already Paying Off

 CAMBRIDGE, Md.- Dorchester County Tourism Director Amanda Fenstermaker ran across the Ironman Maryland finish line on Friday afternoon just for fun.  But earlier in the week, her organization did cross a major finish line. 

"We've made it across the finish line with the funding.  I knew it was going to happen, but I wasn't quite sure how," said Fenstermaker.

Her group, Ironclub Maryland, raised $100,000 over the course of four months, covering the hefty Ironman license fees for 2014.  She says several locals as well as businesses chipped in to make it possible. 

And the effects are already being felt downtown, where business owners report being overwhelmed with customers before the starting gun has even gone off. 

"I'll deal with this problem any day of the week over the opposite.  This is amazing, I'm looking forward to next year already," said Chris Brohawn at Realerevival brewing.

Some business owners couldn't even take a break to speak with WBOC, they were so weighed down with customers, but it was still service with a smile.

At Elliott's Bakery, workers were busy preparing the catering order for Saturday morning, and say the athletes have been making positive comments about Cambridge already.

"I've heard people say it's a great little town, that it reminds them of some areas like Nantucket or Cape Cod, I've heard nothing but good things.  The people are friendly here, so kudos for everyone who is going out of their way to make them feel welcome here," said Mark Elliott.

Cambridge Main Street Director Brandon Hesson tells WBOC that businesses won't stop feeling the surge until late Sunday, or even Monday in Cambridge.

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