June 3, 2011 Columbia, Md. – More than 2,400 endurance athletes will participate next Sunday, June 12th in the 16th annual running of the Surbaru Ironman 70.3 EagleMan Triathlon. EagleMan is a 70.3 mile distance race that starts and finishes at Great Marsh Park in Cambridge, Md. and consists of a 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike and 13.1 mile run. The EagleMan USATMA Championship AquaVelo will run concurrently with the 70.3, and consists of a 1.2 mile swim and 56 mile bike.
Almost every state will be represented in the race, as well as 11 countries, including Australia, Russia and New Zealand. Participants will compete to qualify for the Ford Ironman World Championship in Kona, Hawaii (28 slots) on Oct. 8 and the Ironman 70.3 Championship in Lake Las Vegas (50 slots) on Sept. 11. Reigning Male and Female Champions Terenzo Bozzone (Auckland, New Zealand) and Samantha Warriner (Whangarei, New Zealand) will return to defend their 2010 titles.
Along with Bozzone and Warriner, several other professionals from around the world will compete for part of $50,000, including 2010 Ironman World Champion and 2010 Female Triathlete of the Year, Mirinda Carfrae of Australia who won EagleMan in 2009, and Courtney Ogden, 2010 Ironman Western Austrailia Champion. Craig Alexander, two-time Ironman World Champion (2008 & 2009), Ironman 70.3 World Champion (2006), three-time Australian Long Course Champion (2010, 2006, 2004), and one of Inside Triathlon Magazine’s 10 Greatest Male Triathletes of All Time, will also compete.
“The triathlon world will have its eyes on Cambridge, Maryland next weekend as this year’s Ironman 70.3 EagleMan Triathlon promises to be the most exciting EagleMan ever with a stellar field of nearly 40 professional triathletes competing, and age group triathletes challenging themselves under conditions reminiscent of Kona,” said Robert Vigorito, TriColumbia founder and president.
The Subaru Ironman 70.3 EagleMan Triathlon is the largest Ironman 70.3 event in the Mid-Atlantic region, and one of the most popular Ironman 70.3 triathlons in the country. The conditions of the course are both demanding and challenging; heat, winds, choppy rivers, and little shade, making it uniquely similar to the Ford Ironman Championship in Kona. Triathlon fans not in Cambridge for EagleMan on June 12 can follow the race through TriColumbia’s live Trilights blog at, www.tricolumbia.org/trilights.php.