BALTIMORE, MD (June 6, 2018) – Governor Larry Hogan and the Maryland Department of Commerce are pleased to welcome the IRONMAN race organization back to the state for three events in 2018. The races, which draw dedicated participants from within and outside the state, include the IRONMAN 70.3 Eagleman on June 10 in Cambridge; the IRONMAN Maryland on September 29 in Cambridge; and the Across the Bay 10k on November 4 along the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.
“Maryland is thrilled to once again welcome the IRONMAN races to Maryland,” said Governor Hogan. “Our beautiful Chesapeake Bay region is the ideal setting for these events, offering athletes breath-taking scenery, delicious food, and lasting memories. With the return of these events, our great state continues to solidify its solid reputation as a world-class destination for athletes to travel and explore.”
While participating in any of the three events is a tremendous accomplishment, athletes who complete all three of Maryland’s official IRONMAN sanctioned events in 2018 will receive a Certificate of Recognition issued by the Maryland Department of Commerce.
The IRONMAN Maryland races include a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bicycle ride and a 26.2-mile run. The IRONMAN 70.3 Eagleman requires participants to swim, bike, and run for half of those distances, while the Across the Bay 10k includes only running.
Participants in IRONMAN Maryland will compete for 40 qualifying spots in the 2019 IRONMAN World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, while the IRONMAN 70.3 EAGLEMAN race will offer 30 qualifying slots for the 2018 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship in Nelson Mandela Bay, South Africa.
In 2017, IRONMAN Maryland won several Athletes’ Choice Awards including “Best Overall Satisfaction!” – the top award for an IRONMAN event anywhere in the world. Athletes travel from all over the world to Maryland to participate in these sanctioned events, leading to significant economic impact. Currently, IRONMAN organizers provide a medallion to those athletes completing all three events. For more information about IRONMAN events in Maryland, visit www.visitmaryland.org or call 1-800-719-5900.
About Maryland Tourism
The Maryland Office of Tourism is an agency of the Division of Tourism, Film and the Arts within the Maryland Department of Commerce. Visitors to the state spent $17.3 billion on travel-related expenses in 2016. The Maryland tourism industry also generated $2.35 billion in state and local taxes, and provided Marylanders with more than 146,000 jobs with a payroll of $6 billion. For more information, visit www.visitmaryland.org.