Ironman, a sports holding company known for its triathlons, said Friday it has acquired the Across the Bay 10K — the annual Maryland race being held this Sunday — from its founders.
The Chesapeake Bay Bridge race is the state's largest running event and fifth largest 10K in the nation, announced Tampa, Fla.-based Ironman, a Wanda Sports Holding company, on Friday
"IRONMAN is excited to add this marquee event to our endurance portfolio as we continue to expand our offerings of running events in North America," said Ironman CEO Andrew Messick.
The race, which caps participation at 25,000 athletes, is run mostly over the 4.2-mile bridge and ends near Terrapin State Park in Queen Anne's County.
"As the event has outgrown us, we have looked for just the right team to take over and ensure that the event is even more spectacular for years to come," said race co-founder Peter Paris, who called attracting Ironman "a huge win."
Ironman also hosts the Ironman Maryland triathlon in October and the Ironman Eagleman triathlon in June, both in Cambridge.
"We are proud to have the Ironman organization expand in Maryland with their recent acquisition of the Across the Bay 10K race," Gov. Larry Hogan said in the release. "Ironman has a proven track record of achievement and we are excited to see them grow this already successful and sought-after event."