Local Businesses Prepare to Welcome IRONMAN Maryland

As athletes from the mid-Atlantic region and beyond anticipate IRONMAN Maryland later this month, business owners in Cambridge are busy making plans to roll out the red carpet.

Welcome to Cambridge IRONMAN Maryland!Registration for the race begins Thursday, September 18, so visitors will have a couple of days before the Saturday event to explore the area, eat in local restaurants and shop in boutiques and galleries.

“IRONMAN Maryland will see an influx of visitors during race week as many of the athletes will be accompanied by their families,” said race director Gerry Boyle. “Families will have a lot of “down” time and we hope that our merchants, their businesses and other attractions will significantly benefit from these visitors.”

Bernie Elliott of Elliot’s Baking Company is planning to offer new menu items beginning Thursday before the race, including multigrain muffins, baked potatoes, and pasta dishes. “As a business owner, I’m counting down the minutes until IRONMAN Maryland begins,” she said with a smile. “I think it’s going to be great for downtown businesses.”

A Few of My Favorite Things is creating a special IRONMAN cheese board and grilled cheese menu and sangria slushies in addition to their signature selection of wine, cheese and chocolate. Owners Carol Levy Ruark and Joe Ruark hope to provide a peaceful experience during what promises to be an energy-filled weekend. “This is a place to relax, regroup and socialize peacefully,” said Joe. “We’re thankful that IRONMAN chose to come to Cambridge and we’re excited to welcome them.”

Further up the street, two non-food establishments are working to create special experiences to attract visitors into their stores.

Ashley Banks of the children’s boutique Sur Jeudi will create a themed window display and offer interactive activities for kids. “Friday, September 19, is International Talk like a Pirate Day,” she explained. “My daughter thinks it’s a great idea to have Pirate-related crafts, so that’s one thing we’ll be doing Friday and Saturday in the shop.” In addition, the turnaround for the run portion of the race will be right in front of the Sur Jeudi entrance on Poplar Street, Ashley pointed out. “That’s why my window design is going to bring it!”

At LIVAGAIN, co-owner Jermaine Anderson and manager Armah Dashiell have plans for a fitness-themed, live music performance by local artist Antone “The General” Ennels from his new CD, “Blood, Sweat and IRON.”

“When I heard IRONMAN Maryland was coming I said, we’re going to find a way to fit into this,” explained Jermaine. “I grew up with Antone here in Cambridge. He is doing something really special through music and his organization IRON ARMY to transform fitness into a way of life. And it fits in with our message here at LIVAGAIN—that life is all about mind, body, soul and spirit. Saturday evening everyone is invited to see The General perform his first single, “Never Give Up” in the upstairs gallery. If we can touch one kid that weekend with this message that means a lot.”

With less than three weeks to go until IRONMAN Maryland, Cambridge is abuzz with planning. One thing is for sure…when the estimated 4,500 visitors begin arriving on Thursday, September 18, they will find a welcoming town with lots of fun and interesting things to do.

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IRONClub of Maryland wishes to thank its founding members: At the Elite Level: Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay, the Triathlete Level: R. Brooks & Son, Whitten Insurance Agency, MTS Broadcasting, The Dorchester Banner, Layton’s Chance Vineyard & Winery, Mike & Dale Scharder, Chad Malkus, Sharon Borg Wall, at the Eagelman Level: Brad & Debbie Bolino, M&T Bank, Cambridge International, BBSI, Holiday Inn Express, Bay Country Communication, Preston Automotive Group, Cambridge Family Eye Care, Upper Shore Regional Council, H&M Bay Inc, Dorchester County Family YMCA, Language Works, Inc., Addie Eckardt and Tri Gas & Oil.

August 29th, 2014|News|

Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Resort Becomes Inagural “Elite” Sponsor

IRONClub Maryland, the booster club for the IRONMAN Maryland triathlon, today announced that the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa & Marina has signed on as the first “Elite” sponsor.

“The Hyatt is such a positive force in our community,” said Amanda Fenstermaker, Dorchester County Director of Tourism. “We are proud and excited that they are stepping forward to help make this IRONMAN event a success. We’ve come to expect nothing less.”

Since opening in 2002, the AAA Four Diamond waterfront resort has been an active supporter of numerous community-driven events, including Cambridge Neat Street, Taste of Cambridge, the Great Chesapeake Bay Wellness Race, and IRONMAN 70.3 Eagleman.

“As the headquarter hotel for both the Eagleman and now the IRONMAN Maryland triathlons, we are proud to be an Elite sponsor of IRONClub Maryland,” said Christopher Levine, Director of Sales and Marketing at Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay. “We highly value our partnerships with Cambridge and local organizations and our support of this event is part of that commitment.”

Over the years, the popular resort has become a home base for hundreds of Eagleman athletes and their families who visit the Eastern Shore area not only for the race, but for pre-race training. IRONMAN Maryland is expected to attract a similar following of repeat visitors.

“IRONMAN Maryland really puts a spotlight on Cambridge, drawing a crowd that might not have known about our area or the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay,” said Levine. “I expect that Cambridge as well as other communities like Easton, Salisbury and Annapolis will see an ancillary benefit throughout the year. We certainly do.”

Come race day, the resort will tailor its services to the IRONMAN Maryland athletes by making staff available in the early morning hours, stocking energy-boosting snacks and carb-rich meal options, and hosting a number of kids’ activities.

As a 2014 Trip Advisor “Winner of Excellence,” the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay knows how to deliver a special experience. So does IRONMAN.

“One thing I have learned from living in a lot of places is that you shouldn’t take these events for granted,” said Levine. “I’ll take my kids to see the finish line. I’ve heard it’s an unforgettable experience.”

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August 18th, 2014|News|

Local Scientist Digs Deep to Compete

Bob Wood stood on the side of Hambrooks Avenue, his young son on his shoulders. They had walked a few blocks from their house in Cambridge’s West End to check out what all the noise was about. They soon discovered it was Eagleman, the 70.3 mile triathlon that draws a couple thousand competitors to Cambridge each year. And it was exciting.

bwood This was several years ago, not long after Wood had moved to Cambridge and not long before his 45th birthday. As he watched competitors race by, Wood, a scientist at NOAA, knew he was seeing something special. He decided then and there that he wanted to be a part of it.

“I can do this,” he thought as he made a personal pledge to compete in a triathlon before he turned 45.

Having never cycled or swum, Wood bought a bike, started running, and joined the Dorchester YMCA.

“Every time I went to the pool,” he remembers, “I promised I wouldn’t leave until I beat my old record.” So he swam a ½ lap…then a lap…then 2 laps. Eventually he built up to 10 laps.

On his 45th birthday, Wood competed in his first sprint triathlon at Colonial Beach, a race consisting of a 750m swim, a 5k run and a 15 mile bike. It was tough.

“This was my first open water swim and I panicked,” he explains. “I was hyperventilating and thought about going back but I just couldn’t let down my 5-year-old son. He was sitting on the beach, watching. So I rolled on my back, tried to relax, and pushed through.”

Wood was one of the last competitors out of the water but says it was one of the happiest feelings of his life. As he got on his bike for the second leg of the race, Wood noticed his son was upset. “He realized his Dad wasn’t going to win,” Wood says with a smile.

Since that day, Wood has completed six half-distance triathlons. And his son Bailey, now 10 years old, competes in junior triathlons, including the annual Firecracker Kids Tri his Dad and Cambridge Multi-Sport founded 3 years ago in conjunction with the YMCA.

Baily is too young to compete with his Dad, but he will be a volunteer at this year’s IRONMAN Maryland when Wood goes for his first full-distance, 140.6 mile race.

“Triathlons are all about setting your sights on a goal, getting healthier and achieving something that enhances your life and your family,” says Wood. “I just turned 50 and I said to myself, I’m not dead yet–I can do new things.”

Baily Wood

When asked about IRONMAN Maryland, Wood doesn’t talk about the challenges he will face on September 20th, but about what he hopes the world-renown race will bring to Cambridge.

“Here is an event that will let people know us,” he says with excitement. “And it will make us a more robust community. We have Blackwater, The Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad, and now, IRONMAN Maryland and so much more. We can all be proud of that.”

On race day, Cambridge will be proud of one of our own as Wood joins 1,700 other athletes digging deep to complete the grueling test of will and endurance, IRONMAN Maryland.

IRONClub of Maryland wishes to thank its founding members: Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay, The Dorchester Banner, MTS Broadcasting, Mike & Dale Scharder, Chad Malkus, Sharon Borg Wall, Layton’s Chance Vineyard & Winery, Dorchester County Family YMCA, Language Works, Inc., Addie Eckardt and Tri Gas & Oil.

August 17th, 2014|News|

For Local Athlete, IRONMAN Teaches an Important Lesson

Tracy MaccherolaCambridge resident and triathlete Tracy Maccherola believes that the experience of a triathlon is a lot like the experience of life. “It’s not about speed,” she says, “it’s all about having the mental fortitude to keep moving forward.”

And she would know. Maccherola is a seasoned athlete, regularly competing in 5k and 10k runs, marathons, and even this year’s Eagleman. She is also a USA Triathlon certified coach. She works with others to help them reach their goal of completing one of the world’s most daunting physical challenges—a triathlon, a race that consists of a swim, a bike ride and a run.

“I’ve learned that if I can help someone change their physical side then their health, fitness and attitude get better,” she says. “Accomplishing tough goals can be life-changing.”

This summer, as Dorchester County prepares to host the inaugural IRONMAN Maryland triathlon on September 20th, Maccherola is busy coaching another local competitor, as well as herself.

It’s been years since Maccherola competed in her first triathlon, or “tri” as it’s fondly called in the sport, and she says each race is as exciting as the first.

“Many years ago I did my first sprint tri in my neighborhood in Mount Airy, Maryland,” she remembers. “I road my bike from college, I got lost on the run, and I still won. It was so much fun…not the winning, just doing the race. It’s so inspiring.”

After moving to Cambridge, Maccherola volunteered at Eagleman just to be part of the atmosphere. In 2013, she competed in and finished IRONMAN UK. For Maccherola, the experience and comradery of a triathlon are only heightened at an IRONMAN event.

“IRONMAN has a way of organizing that day so it’s the ultimate enriching experience for racers and spectators,” she explains. “The finish line is overwhelming. It’s different from anything else you’ve ever seen.”

With race day just seven weeks away, Maccherola is close to the peak of her training. In a few weeks, she’ll start to taper off to be ready for the race that she and her fellow competitors must complete in under 17 hours to earn the title of “IRONMAN.”

When asked why IRONMAN is such a special race, Maccherola doesn’t hesitate.

“IRONMAN shows you what the everyday man or woman can do,” she says. “If you can do it at IRONMAN, you can do it in life. It’s such a great lesson.”

IRONClub of Maryland wishes to thank its founding members: Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay, The Dorchester Banner, Mike & Dale Scharder, Chad Malkus, Sharon Borg Wall, Layton’s Chance Vineyard & Winery, Dorchester County Family YMCA, Language Works, Inc, Addie Eckardt and Tri Gas & Oil.

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August 6th, 2014|News|

Registration Open

We are pleased to announce that registration is now open for the Inagural IRONClub Golf Tournament.

Sign up today!

Taking place on August 18th, enjoy a round at the River Marsh Golf Course at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay and support IRONClub Maryland at the same time. Prizes and lunch included.

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July 14th, 2014|News|

IRONClub Maryland Launches

Booster Club Launches to Support First Mid-Atlantic IRONMAN Triathlon

Club invites individuals and businesses to help host premier sporting event

Sailwinds Inc. and the Dorchester County Office of Tourism announced today the launch of IRONClub Maryland, a non-profit booster organization created to support World Triathlon Corporation’s newest event, IRONMAN Maryland.

Formed by an advisory committee of business owners, community leaders and government officials, club membership is open to any individual or organization interested in supporting IRONMAN’s debut on Maryland’s Eastern Shore September 20, 2014.

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. Club contributions will help fund the required licensing fee to retain the event. Other communities that host IRONMAN events estimate an average annual economic impact of $12 million.

“IRONMAN Maryland presents an incredible opportunity for Dorchester to showcase the area’s unparalleled beauty and amazing reputation for endurance sports. The event will also generate significant economic impact in the County and surrounding areas, from extended stays by the athletes and their friends and families,” said Amanda Fenstermaker, the County’s director of Tourism.

IRONMAN, one of the most recognized and respected global sports brands in the world, is a three-part endurance event that attracts both professional and amateur athletes. Participants swim a 2.4 mile course, bike 112 miles and run a full marathon of 26.2 miles. The 140.6-mile IRONMAN Maryland course winds through Dorchester, attracting an anticipated 1,500 participants and 3,000 supporters who are expected to spend an average of three days and nights in local hotels, restaurants and shops for the September event.

“As a lifelong resident, I’ve seen firsthand the vital economic contribution tourism and sporting events make to our community,” said Victoria Jackson-Stanley, mayor of the City of Cambridge and one of IRON Club’s inaugural member. “I encourage businesses and individuals to join the City by showing their support as we prepare to host this exciting event.”

The club’s founding members include all 20 people who serve on the organizing committee. These IRONClub members contributed over $10,000.

“I’m encouraging my friends and family to join because I see an amazing community of people coming together around this world famous event,” said Chad Malkus, President of Sailwinds Inc. “This is an easy and fun way to bolster our area economically and showcase all we have to offer to thousands of new visitors.”

The club offers six membership levels ranging from $24 to $5,000. Each of the membership levels is inspired by a leg of the race. Join as a “Swimmer,” at $24, “Cyclist” at $112, “Runner” at $262, “Triathlete” at $1,400 or an “Elite Athlete” at $5,000. Club benefits range by contribution level and can include media recognition, access to VIP parties, private viewing areas along the race courses and briefings with race officials.

The Club’s founding members include: Phillip & Amanda Fenstermaker, Gerry Boyle, Addie Eckhardt, Chad Malkus, Valerie Brown, Jeff Powell, Michael and Heather Rosato, Dion Banks, Brent Burkhardt and Andrea Vernot, Mari Stanley, Dean, Nita and Trevor Goodwin, Tom and Lynn Hutchinson, Susan Banks, Terry Hasseltine, Kisha Petticolas, Frank Narr and Deborah Divins .

To become a member please visit us on the web at and click “Join Us.”

June 24th, 2014|News|