CAMBRIDGE — Dorchester’s annual full triathlon returns to the county’s river and roads on Saturday, Sept. 18, in Cambridge and surrounding areas.

The triathlon kicks off early Saturday at Gerry Boyle Park at Great Marsh with a 2.4-mile swim in the Choptank River, followed by a fast and scenic 110-mile bike ride through the southern reaches of the county, then finishes with a 26.2-mile run on flat country roads and into downtown Cambridge, ending back at the park.

Residents can expect bicyclists on Route 16 and in the Blackwater area from about 9 a.m. to about 5 p.m.

Runners can be expected around Cambridge and downtown from about noon to roughly midnight.

“We’re really excited to welcome our athletes,” said Race Director Angie Hengst. “Cambridge and Dorchester has missed seeing them over the past two years.”

The Ironman 70.3 Eagleman and Ironman Maryland were both canceled in 2020 over concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic.

More than 2,000 athletes from around the world are expected to participate.

The park where the triathlon begins and ends is named for laterace director Gerry Boyle, who founded Ironman 70.3 Eagleman and is credited with brining Ironman Maryland to Cambridge. The city of Cambridge honored Boyle after his death in 2019 by renaming a city park the Gerry Boyle Park at Great Marsh.

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