May 17, 2018 (Cambridge, MD) – Dorchester County Maryland further cemented its reputation as a top destination for endurance events with the announcement today that the county will host the prestigious North American 70.3 TriClub Championship, June 9, 2019 in conjunction with IRONMAN Eagleman. The event is expected to attract an additional 1,000 race participants from more than 250 clubs across the U.S., Canada and Mexico, creating the largest field in Eagleman’s 22-year history. The TriClub championship will generate national publicity for Dorchester County and result in a significant economic impact on the Eastern Shore as 2,700 athletes accompanied by 5,000 family and friends require lodging, meals and services.
“Cambridge is now synonymous with ‘athlete’s choice,’ having garnered both the top spot by popular vote for favorite IRONMAN worldwide and now as the North American choice for the TriClub Championship,” said Boyle. “For more than 20 years, athletes have returned to IRONMAN 70.3 Eagleman, and we intend to make the 2019 event especially memorable as we host the North America TriClub Championship.” (In April 2018, IRONMAN Maryland was named “Athlete’s Choice” for best IRONMAN in the world by participating athletes.)
In announcing the news, Boyle also introduced the host committee co-chairs, Yacht Maintenance CEO/Owner George Robinson and YMCA and Cambridge Lighthouse board member, and IRONClub supporter Sharon “Sam” Borg Wall. Both Robinson and Wall are members of the Cambridge Multi-Sport Club, the local TriClub affiliate.
“Our selection by athletes to host the 2019 TriClub championship is a testament to IRONMAN 70.3 Eagleman’s reputation as a flawless, friendly and first-class race. We look forward to working with our business community, residents and volunteers to showcase Dorchester and to coordinating a ‘heart of the Chesapeake’ welcome,” said Robinson and Wall.
“The IRONMAN TriClub program has grown to host approximately 3,400 active clubs and, of these clubs, more than half are from North and Latin America and represent over 175,000 athletes,” said Nicole Gelber, IRONMAN TriClub Program Director, further explaining that athletes voted for Dorchester in an online poll due to its reputation as a crowd favorite.
Dorchester Tourism Director Amanda Fenstermaker – who also serves as Chair of IRONClub Maryland, the local booster club organized to support these endurance events – underscored the events’ public relations and economic value.
“In five years, our relatively small investment in IRONMAN Maryland and Ironman 70.3 Eagleman has delivered an enormous economic impact for our community and our state,” she said. “IRONMAN events produce world-wide publicity, generate over $1.5 million annually, and leave a legacy in our community through their nonprofit and educational donations.
Boyle also announced that IRONMAN will award a special “Maryland Trifecta” medal to all athletes completing three events in 2018: IRONMAN Eagleman, IRONMAN Maryland, and Across the Bay 10K.
For information on how to register a club for the North American Championship, email firstname.lastname@example.org. To support the host committee or IRONClub Maryland, contact Amanda Fenstermaker (Amanda@visitdorchester.org) or Gerry Boyle (Gerry.email@example.com).