By Richard Rhinehart
Cambridge, Maryland, May 4, 2015 – National non-profit World T.E.A.M. Sports is seeking five exceptional athletes with and without disabilities to participate in the organization’s first IRONMAN Maryland Triathlete Team, competing this October 3 in the IRONMAN Maryland.
The IRONMAN Maryland, featuring a 2.4-mile swim in the Choptank River, a 112-mile bicycle ride through the scenic Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge and a 26.2 mile run to the historic Eastern Shore city of Cambridge, is the first IRONMAN race in the Mid-Atlantic. This year’s triathlon is the second for the site, having debuted in 2014.
Through special arrangements with the Florida-based IRONMAN Foundation, World T.E.A.M. Sports has secured five positions in the sold-out early October triathlon. Like all World T.E.A.M. Sports sporting events, the 2015 IRONMAN team will be inclusive, welcoming both athletes with disabilities, and those who are able-bodied.
Athletes interested in participating as a member of the 2015 World T.E.A.M. Sports team are required to raise $5,000 for the non-profit organization by July 3. To provide assistance in fundraising, World T.E.A.M. Sports has launched an online site that will allow friends, family and colleagues to donate to a qualifying athlete’s fundraising efforts.
To register through the World T.E.A.M. Sports IRONMAN Maryland site, interested athletes are invited to send by email a short letter of interest to the organization’s national events staff for review and approval. This letter should include full contact information, along with a listing of relevant experience and interest in participating with World T.E.A.M. Sports. Once an athlete’s letter of interest is accepted, the athlete will receive an email invitation to register at the World T.E.A.M. Sports event site at no cost and begin fundraising. Availability of positions is limited, so early registration is recommended.
The $5,000 fundraising minimum will cover the athlete’s entry into the October 3 IRONMAN Maryland event and a World T.E.A.M. Sports branded triathlon shorts and jersey. The athlete is responsible for personal travel to and from the event, lodging, meals and any triathlon licensing fees outside the race entry. No entry may be sold or transferred to another athlete. Funds remaining beyond the costs of the team will be applied to upcoming World T.E.A.M. Sports events, including this September’s Adventure Team Challenge in Colorado.
Visually impaired athletes are permitted bring a guide, they do not have to pay the entry fee. Hand cycles can be used on the bicycling and run segments of the triathlon, though many use a push rim chair during the run.
Like all full distance IRONMAN events, the Maryland race offers qualifying spots to the IRONMAN World Championship in Kona, Hawaii October 10.