Annual race attracts thousands to city

Submitted to Dorchester Banner/Jennifer Daniels
Mace’s Lane Middle School 6th grader Malachi Robinson presents a finisher medal to the first man to finish, Quentin De Vos from Belgium.

CAMBRIDGE — Ironman Maryland took place over the weekend, attracting 2,400 athletes and many more fans to the county. The annual event provides an economic shot in the arm to the area. Organizers say one reason they keep coming back is the strong support and hospitality of local residents.

The event began early in the morning at Gerry Boyle Park at Great Marsh named for the beloved late race director. The full triathlon features a 2.4-mile swim in the Choptank River, followed by a 112-mile bike course and a 26-mile marathon.
The athletes were assisted and encouraged throughout the course by hundreds of local volunteers, many of them with groups rewarded for their efforts by donations from Ironman.

Quite a few locals have become triathletes over the years. One group, the Cambridge Multi-Sport Club, sent the following athletes to this year’s race: Ryan Carrion, Alex Golding, Beth Hancock, Tracy Maccherola, Ben Pittsley, Brad Rice, Dave Van Hooff and Jeff Welch.

Waiting for the winners at the finish line, 140.6 miles later, were two Dorchester County Public Schools (DCPS) students who had the honor of presenting the first man and woman finishers with their medals.

The first man to finish, just eight hours and 46 minutes after starting, was Quentin De Vos from Belgium, who received his medal from Mace’s Lane Middle School 6th grader Malachi Robinson, a statement from DCPS said. Mr. De Vos finished in 8:46:35.

American Meghan Fillnow who, after 9:37:23 on the course, still had the energy to cartwheel to the finish line, was the first woman finisher. She was presented with her medal by 5th grader Adi Thomas of Warwick Elementary.

“A special shout-out to third place finisher Bradley Fleming from South Africa, who signed his medal and gave it to Malachi,” the statement said. “This event presents such exciting opportunities for our kids – thanks for choosing Dorchester County, Ironman!”

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