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First Ironman Maryland Race Kicks Off in Cambridge

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 CAMBRIDGE, Md.- Swimming, biking and running.  These marathon men and women can do it all.  At 6 a.m., athletes dove into the Choptank for a 2.4 mile swim, followed by a 112 mile bike race and topped off with a 26.2 mile running marathon.

WBOC caught up with Kim Newcomb in Church Creek as she stood outside watching the bike race pass right by her home.  She was almost in disbelief that after a long swim, the bikers were nearing the 100 mile mark and still looking strong.

"It's amazing that someone has that much commitment to do that.  I see people here of all ages.  To do anything like that is absolutely amazing," said Newcomb.

And just up the road near the 100 mile mark, Amanda Robinson of Hurlock and Sarah Pease of Fairfax, Virginia took a break from getting ready for a big wedding to take in some fresh air and cheer on the Ironman hopefuls.

"It's hard to believe that they are on their bikes now but they still have to run a full marathon.  We wish them well that's why we thought we'd come out here and cheer them on for a little while," said Pease.

"They love it.  They are all giving us thumbs up and they are cheering back at us.  I can't wait for Sarah to come out in her wedding dress and cheer them on," said Sarah.

Further along the course, we meet Heather Ward from Wisconsin and her family, there to cheer on her husband, who just a  few years ago was a couch potato and today is a lean mean triathlon machine.  He has even started his own triathlon club called "Adubclub", with hundreds of subscribers to his YouTube channel.

"This is the last leg of the race, so with the heat out today, he'll be needing extra clapping.  My sister in law and her kids are here, my parents are here, we're going to be screaming our heads off when he comes through today," said Ward.

And just 8 hours and 51 minutes after starting, Matthew Bach of Summit, New Jersey became the first to cross the Ironman Maryland finish line ever.

"Incredible awesome event.  Loved the bike course, totally flat.  The run course was great because we got so many spectators cheering, it was three loops.  Tough swim.  Great course, very well directed, well supported, had a blast," said Bach.

The endurance race is also a race against time.  If the athletes haven't crossed the finishing line before 12:01 a.m., they do not qualify for the "Ironman" title.


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