City, state, Ironman honor Boyle

Dorchester Banner/Dave Ryan
Members of Gerry Boyle’s family received a proclamation in honor the late leader of Ironman events in the county. Delegate Johnny Mautz, at right, presented the document to the family. State Senator Addie Eckardt (R-37B), in back second from right, and Cambridge Mayor Victoria Jackson-Stanley also spoke during the event.

CAMBRIDGE — His race is run, but Gerry Boyle will not be forgotten in this town.

The community activist, entrepreneur and Ironman race director was honored Friday with a ceremony at Sailwinds Park, where his family received proclamations in his honor and heard testimonials praising his contributions to the sport and the city. “His spirit is with us every day,” Delegate Johnny Mautz (R-37B) said to the crowd gathered on the lawn of Governor’s Hall.

Mr. Boyle died suddenly March 26. A native of Scotland, he had lived in Cambridge for many years, recently becoming an American citizen.

His example of determination and hard work lives on. “Gerry encouraged us to challenge ourselves,” State Senator Addie Eckardt said.

As race director, Mr. Boyle became well known to athletes and visitors from across the nation and around the world. His passing shocked many, who reached out to the family.

“The outpouring of love has been unbelievable, to say the least,” his niece Juli Strohmer said. “I know without a doubt how humbled and proud Gerry would be.”

Chad Malkus led a drive to have one of the race’s most important sites, Great Marsh Park, renamed in his honor. He said he worked to convince the City Council – “And it didn’t take much convincing,” he said – to call the area Gerry Boyle Park at Great Marsh.

That was an important project, according to Master of Ceremonies Dean Goodwin. “Many of us wanted desperately to find a way to show our love and respect,” he said.

Ironman Senior Regional Director Keats McGonigal announced the newly established Gerry Boyle Award, which will be earned by the year’s best race director in the world-wide sport. Mr. Boyle’s name will be mentioned across the globe, Mr. McGonigal said, wherever excellence is recognized.

Sarah Hartman of the Ironman Foundation announced the Gerry Boyle Community Grant. “He found joy in making life better for others,” Ms. Hartman said, and that will be remembered in the grant now named after him.

The Foundation has given $45,000 to Dorchester organizations this year alone, and $293,000 in all, over the many years Ironman has competed in the county. “We are a community, and we change lives,” Ms. Hartman said.

Nonprofit organizations in the greater Cambridge area are eligible to apply for the Gerry Boyle Memorial Community Grant. The deadline for applications is Aug. 17. The grant will be awarded in conjunction with IRONMAN Maryland in September.

Donations supporting the grant may be made in Gerry’s honor. To donate or apply, visit www.ironmanfoundation.org/gerry

Dave Ryan is editor of the Dorchester Banner. He can be reached at dryan@newszap.com.

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