IRONMAN Maryland triathlon is canceled

Angie Hengst

CAMBRIDGE — A local sports tradition, one that attracts thousands of visitors annually, will not take place this year. Organizers announced last week the cancellation of the IRONMAN Maryland triathlon.

“With the health and safety of our community being an utmost priority, and based on the direction and recommendations of public health agencies and local authorities in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Select Blinds IRONMAN Maryland triathlon, originally scheduled for September 19 cannot take place in 2020,” a statement from the group said.

Race Director Angie Hengst, a local resident, said, “I’m sure this comes as no surprise. And while this is the best decision, and one that was expected, it doesn’t make it any less disappointing. Please be patient as the remaining details for racing options in 2021 are worked out. Stay safe and enjoy the rest of the summer.”

Planners said they were working diligently to finalize a 2021 race date and will communicate updates as they become available. Athletes that are registered for the race will receive an email with further details.

The race is a full triathlon, covering 140.6 miles with 2.4 miles swimming in the Choptank River, cycling 112 miles through the county, and finishing with a 26.2-mile marathon run. While the event brings many guests and considerable cash to the area, it also affects on residents’ driving patterns and other habits.

While locals seemed to take news of the cancellation in stride, athletes expressed their disappointment on social media.
Athlete Hugh Harris wrote, “Hugh Harris Thank you to the Cambridge community for their efforts. I still plan to go down race weekend and get some training in.”

Frode Andersen posted, “Angie – As tough as I know this was for you, the local group and Cambridge – it was the right decision both for the safety of the people of Cambridge and for the athletes. Thank you for all you do. Your first two years as race director have definitely been memorable.”

“I did the race last year,” Pattie Keller wrote. “It’s a wonderful small town and a great venue.”
Cathy Dudick posted, “I knew it was inevitable but I still cried. And I don’t cry.”