Dorchester County is one of the few communities in the world to host two IRONMAN races in one year. In 2015, IRONMAN 70.3 Eagleman in June and IRONMAN Maryland (IMMD) in October brought thousands of athletes and their
supporters from around the world to Dorchester.
While IMMD requires a licensing fee, the return on investment is powerful—both events brought an estimated $5.47 million to the regional economy. That number likely would have been even higher had Hurricane Joaquin not forced the rescheduling of IRONMAN Maryland; many participants were unable to make it on the rescheduled date.
The community rallied behind IRONMAN Maryland by enthusiastically supporting the IRONClub Maryland booster organization. Over the past two years, more than 300 members raised more than $100,000 in private contributions toward the licensing fees and leveraged that support with donations, in-kind services, and volunteerism.
These IRONMAN events make more than an economic impact. They introduce people from around the world to Dorchester, its people, and its places. Some athletes visit again to train; others return with their families to explore; some have even considered purchasing homes here.