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Ironclub Maryland Looking for Places to Put Athletes for Triathlon

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CAMBRIDGE, Md.-  It's one thing to put on an Ironman Maryland triathlon.  It's another thing to take it down quickly before a hurricane potentially strikes.  Fortunately, Hurricane Joaquin didn't hit, but now the city of Cambridge is faced with the challenge of putting the event on again in just about a week.

The skeleton of the main tent is still here.  So are some of the stands.  Just over a week ago, the Ironman village was vibrant and alive.  In less than a week, it will be again.  For the first time ever, an Ironman race will have a rain date.

Cambridge Main Street Director Brandon Hesson says the reason we're getting a second shot is because the small Dorchester community can react fast to plan events.

"By the time the news got to Cambridge Main Street, Ironman staff and the volunteers here had already been on the phone with the local government getting dates tentatively approved.  A lot of the things that require long leads in bigger cities, we don't need here in Cambridge," said Hesson.

That's not to say this is going to be easy.

"You spent 10 months planning this event, then you postpone it, then you have a week and a half to pull it together again.  That's a super big challenge.  The good news is we have a very large group of dedicated volunteers," said Hesson.

Ironclub Maryland is tackling one of the larger issues.  Where to put the athletes.  Because that isn't just a matter of booking a hotel room.

"The hotels are booked for this weekend. A good problem to have, but it is a little bit of a problem," said Ironclub Maryland Chair Amanda Fenstermaker.

On their website, they have set up a form where homeowners can list any spare rooms they have for athletes to use.

"If you're willing to host a family, or if you have a house that you would be willing to rent out for a cost, you can do that," said Fenstermaker.

Despite the fact that there is really only a week-and-a-half long turnaround between the last Ironman Maryland attempt and this one, Cambridge officials said they are ready for this.

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