Helpful IRONMAN info
Welcome to Dorchester County, Maryland, home to two IRONMAN events:
- The 70.3-mile IRONMAN Eagleman, set for June 11, 2017
- The 140.6 –mile IRONMAN Maryland, set for October 1, 2016
Dorchester County on Maryland’s Eastern Shore has been hosting triathlons for more than 25 years. The area has become a favorite for triathletes. Here are a few reasons why:
- Flat and fast: Some say that our flat land and occasional high winds are similar to Kona, Hawaii, where the IRONMAN World Championships take place.
- Beautiful landscapes: Dorchester County is a place of natural, unspoiled beauty, with waterways, marshlands, farm fields, woods, and quaint small towns. We have more shoreline (1,700 miles worth) than any other county in the state.
- Blackwater Refuge: Much of the bike portion of both Eagleman and IMMD takes place in and around Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, a 27,000-acre place of striking marshlands, bald eagles, great blue herons, and more. USA Today has named the refuge one of the best in the country, as well as one of the top 10 places for amazing wildlife watching.
- Welcoming community: Dorchester County’s friendly residents are great supporters of the IRONMAN events. They serve as race volunteers, open their homes to athletes, and cheer mightily on race day.
- Local seafood: We’re also known for our delicious seafood—blue crab, oysters, fish, and more come right from our local waters. Many people here make their living working the water or working the land.
With input from race director Gerry Boyle, Dorchester County Tourism put together this page to offer up helpful, practical information for the athletes.
If you have questions about visiting the area, feel free to contact us. If you have questions about the races, contact IRONMAN. We look forward to welcoming you!
Hotels & Bed and Breakfasts
For those traveling by plane, it’s easiest to fly into Baltimore Washington International (BWI). There are also smaller regional airports in Cambridge, MD and Salisbury, MD. The region is somewhat rural, so while there are not tons of hotels, there are other options including house rentals and camping. For hotels, your best bet is to focus on these counties:
This is where the races take place, and the lodging fills up very quickly. Largest city is Cambridge.
Explore Dorchester County lodging.
County to the northwest of Dorchester. Includes the communities of Easton and St. Michaels.
Explore Talbot County lodging.
County to the northeast of Dorchester. Largest city is Denton.
Explore Caroline County lodging.
County to the east of Dorchester. Largest city is Salisbury.
Explore Wicomico County lodging.
WARNING: You probably don’t want to consider lodging in Calvert County or St. Mary’s County, Maryland. Google may tell you it’s about 80 miles away, but that’s as the crow flies over the Chesapeake Bay. Actual drive time is more like two hours.
Camping and RV Sites for 2016
In addition to traditional campgrounds, a few places in Dorchester County offer campsites only during the races. See below for details.
* NOTE: Locations marked with an asterisk offer camping and/or RV sites for IRONMAN events only; they are not official campgrounds.
Dorchester County YMCA*
Location: 201 Talbot Avenue, Cambridge, MD. Two blocks from transition at Great Marsh Park.
Services: Full access to the Y’s facilities and (indoor pool) during normal business hours and 24-hour access to showers and bathrooms.
Campers and tents allowed. Tent camping plots are 15′ x 15′ and located on a grass field. Camper vehicle spots are 18′ x 25′ and located on an asphalt parking lot. Bring your propane grill and dine under the stars.
Cost: $75 per night
For more info and to reserve: Contact [email protected]. Space is limited and will be granted on a first come / first paid basis.
Cambridge South Dorchester High School*
Location: 2475 Cambridge Beltway, Cambridge, MD. Along the bike course, about a 10-minute drive from transition at Great Marsh Park.
- Eagleman: Friday, June 10 to Sunday June 12, 2016.
- IMMD: Thursday, September 29 (after 4pm) until Sunday, October 2, 2016.
Services: Showers, bathrooms, locker rooms, ice, Wi-Fi, shaded tent areas, RV/camper parking, and video surveillance security of school property.
Cost: $50 per person for the entire event. The $50 fee goes directly to the school’s athletic budget.
For more info and to reserve: [email protected] (Be sure to specify which event)
You may pay cash on site at check-in or send a check (payable to “Viking Athletics”) to:
Attention: Jake Coleman
Cambridge-South Dorchester High
2475 Cambridge Bypass
Cambridge, Md 21613
Pleasant Day Adult Care Center*
Location: 2474 Cambridge Beltway, Cambridge, MD. Along the bike course (across from the high school), about a 10-minute drive from transition at Great Marsh Park.
Services: Bathrooms and showers, shuttle service.
Cost for IMMD:
Tents (no electric): $75 per night; 3-night minimum.
Travel trailers with electric: $125 per night; 3-night minimum.
Motor homes over 30 feet: $250 per night; 3-night minimum.
House (sleeps 10): $1,000 per night; 3-night minimum.
For more info and to reserve: Call 443-521-5460 or email [email protected]
Cost for Eagleman:
Call Danny at 443-521-5460 or email [email protected] All proceeds go to support Pleasant Day Medical Day Care.
Taylors Island Family Campground
Location: 4362 Bay Shore Road, Taylors Island, MD. About 30 minutes from transition at Great Marsh Park.
Services: Tenting and transit sites are available by the day, week, or by the month; camper rentals and an apartment rental are also available. Family-oriented campground with 3 bathhouses, 2 trailer rentals, store, and marina. Also offers a store, RV service/repair, propane, phone service at site, laundry, dump station, game room for children.
Cost: Contact the campground for specifics: 410-397-3275
For more info and to reserve: Call 410-397-3275
Browse Airbnb (start with Cambridge or Dorchester as your location for the closest options, then try the counties and towns listed under the Hotels and B&Bs tab) or see Dorchester Tourism’s list of vacation rentals. Keep in mind that local residents may not list their homes on Airbnb until a couple of months before race day, so it may be worth checking multiple times as you get closer to race day.
Dorchester County has a range of restaurants, many of them serving up fresh and local seafood—and all of them welcoming casual (triathlete) wear. Browse our listing of sit-down restaurants or order our Dorchester Dining Guide.
Restaurants offering IRONMAN vouchers
Check your athlete packet when you register during race week for a list of local restaurants that accept the $25 restaurant voucher that you’ll receive (also in your packet). To find out more about local restaurants, browse the Dorchester Dining Guide or pick one up at registration (look for the table with the LOCAL DINING INFO sign) or at the Dorchester County Visitor Center, 2 Rose Hill Pl., Cambridge.
Shuttles & Parking
FOR IRONMAN 70.3 EAGLEMAN 2016:
- There is ample parking at IRONMAN Village (Sailwinds Park) when you arrive for registration.
- When you want to visit Great Marsh Park (T1, Start, Finish etc.) realize that there is limited parking on the streets around Great Marsh Park.
- There is NO PARKING on Hambrooks Blvd. Saturday or Sunday. Please note that the streets surrounding the park will be extremely congested. DO NOT park on streets that are restricted as indicated by orange traffic cones.
IRONMAN MARYLAND RACE DAY SHUTTLE:
- RACE DAY ONLY: Shuttle parking will be at Mace’s Lane Middle School, 1101 Mace’s Lane, Cambridge, MD 21613 (see map). From 4:45 a.m. race morning until 1 a.m. Sunday. Pick-up outside Great Marsh Park only.
- The IRONMAN Maryland Parking Map provides suggested parking areas for athletes and spectators during Race Week.
- We are encouraging ALL of our athletes to make use of the shuttle bus service that will be in operation ALL WEEK. Many of the streets close to the venue are narrow and will be over congested with an influx of additional traffic. Please consider the community! Park and we will provide the ride.
- Shuttle bus parking will be at Sailwinds Park (off Maryland Avenue at 200 Byrn St., Cambridge, MD). The buses will drop off outside Great Marsh Park (GMP) and Cambridge Marina (one block from the IRONMAN Village). Buses will run Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and drivers will allow you to bring your bike on the bus (space permitting).SHUTTLES ARE FREE.
Shuttle “golf carts” will be available between Great Marsh and IRONMAN Village powered by EarthLink/Finish at Long Wharf. Additional golf carts will be available to take athletes downtown to shop and eat.
Download the IRONMAN Maryland Parking & Shuttle Map to your phone.
If you or someone you know are looking to volunteer for either race, please register at the following links: