One of the world’s most grueling athletic events is coming to the Eastern Shore on September 20, 2014. IRONMAN Maryland, the Mid-Atlantic’s first and only full-length IRONMAN triathlon, will bring thousands of athletes—and the attention of the world—to Cambridge, Maryland. IRONMAN is known worldwide as the ultimate test of body, mind, and spirit for athletes.

This past spring, the World Triathlon Corporation announced Cambridge would be the 12th North American City to host a full triathlon. Approximately 1,700 athletes will arrive on the Eastern Shore to compete in a 140.6-mile race comprised of a 2.4-mile swim on the Choptank River, a 112-mile bike through Southern Dorchester County, and a 26.2-mile run through downtown Cambridge.

IRONMAN Maryland is one of only 38 IRONMAN triathlons held in the world with Dorchester County joining elite destinations such as Boulder, CO; Lake Tahoe, CA; and Tempe, AZ.  Triathletes competing in the Maryland race can be eligible for one of the qualifying slots to the 2015 IRONMAN World Championship on October 10, 2015, in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.

An advisory committee of business owners, community leaders, and government officials formed a non-profit booster organization, IRONClub Maryland, to support World Triathlon Corporation’s newest IRONMAN event.

The non-profit booster organization offers seven membership levels ranging from $24-$5,000. Each membership level is inspired by a leg of the race. Join as a Swimmer at $24, Cyclist at $112, Runner at $262, Eagleman at $700, Triathlete at $1,400, or an Elite Athlete at $5,000. Club contributions will help offset the required licensing fee to retain the event. Other communities that host IRONMAN events estimate an average annual economic impact of $12 million.

To learn more about IRONMAN Maryland and to join IRONClub Maryland, please visit www.IRONClubmd.com.