600 Athletes Will Compete in Maryland's First Colonial Settlement and Capital
MARY’S CITY, Maryland — Hundreds of triathletes are signed up to race at the first annual St. Mary’s Triathlon Festival, located in Maryland’s first colonial capital and the fourth permanent English settlement in North America.
St. Mary’s City is tucked away in southern Maryland along the St. Mary’s River. The city is full of history and is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the area. A museum and recreations of historic structures give visitors a glimpse into what life was like in America’s early days.
St. Mary’s City was designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1969. Read more about it at hsmcdigshistory.org. http://www.hsmcdigshistory.org
The Virginia-Maryland Triathlon Series partnered with St. Mary’s City for the event, which features two races on June 17. More about each race:
- St. Mary’s International: 1.5-kilometer swim, 24.5-mile bike, 10-kilometer run. 8 a.m. start.
- St. Mary’s Sprint: 750-meter swim, 12-mile bike, 5-kilometer run. 8:30 a.m. start.
The swim course for both races begins along the St. Mary’s College Waterfront area in the St. Mary’s River and navigates over a designated oyster sanctuary. Water temperatures are expected to be in the mid-70s.
The bike and run courses are fast, flat, and fun, taking athletes past several historic landmarks dotting the area.
“We are excited to offer our athletes a new course in beautiful southern Maryland,” Virginia-Maryland Triathlon Series owner Greg Hawkins said. “The entire community has been tremendous in their support and we look forward to a great day of racing.”
For aerial videos of the course, click here: bit.ly/2rPuubv
About the Virginia-Maryland Triathlon Series
With 32 events on the 2017 calendar, the Virginia-Maryland Triathlon Series is the largest racing series on the East Coast. The Virginia Triathlon Series began in 2005 and the Maryland Triathlon Series was born in 2009. They were merged six years later. For more information, visit vtsmts.com.
Greg Hawkins, Owner
Jason Devaney, Head of Communications