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Thousands Head to Cambridge for Ironman Race

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CAMBRIDGE, Md. - The Maryland Ironman is back in Dorchester County for its sixth year. More than 2,000 racers alone, representing 66 countries, will be competing Saturday. 

"From the northern most point of New Jersey to the southern most point is 150 miles and this is 140.6 so I'm practically doing the whole length of my state," racer Kat Mckay of New Jersey said. 

The race consists of 140.6 miles of swimming, biking and running. They'll start early Saturday morning from Gerry Boyle Park in Cambridge. 

"It's awe inspiring to see all types of people from all over the world competing and doing something that a lot of people think isn't even possible," race director Angie Hengst said.

Hengst says she estimates the race will bring nearly 6,000 people to the area. 

"The past few years, Cambridge has really experienced a revitalization," Hengst said. "The community's really excited about our town and we really want to show it off. And you can tell that, when the athletes say we're so friendly, I think that's just because everyone loves Cambridge so much."

The Ironman Foundation is also using this weekend to give back to the community. They built 100 children's bikes that were given to the Cambridge Police Department, the Salvation Army and Dorchester County Public Schools.

"When you cross that finish line and you know you're giving back to the community, whether you built a bike or raised funds that are allowing us to support the YMCA here, or any number of the grantees who will see funding from us," Sarah Hartmann, executive director of the foundation, said. "It truly is a life changing moment for the athlete but also all the people that are impacted."

The bikes given to four different schools in the district will be used as part of a reading incentive.

"I grew up in an area where you didn't have a lot but you take care of what you have and seeing bikes that I know are going to go to youth that maybe do not have an opportunity to have a bicycle is really a neat thing," Dorchester County Public Schools Superintendent W. David Bromwell said. 

As for the race, Hengst says it can take their fastest athletes about eight and a half hours. But, participants have up to 17 hours to finish the race. More details about the race and all of the events this weekend can be found at the Ironman website.

 

 

 

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