A Great Accomplishment
Dr. Payam has recently completed the IRONMAN in Cambridge, Maryland, finishing in 14:36:35. Wow, that’s a long race!
Completing an IRONMAN is an extremely impressive feat for anyone, that truly tests a person’s physical and mental endurance. Each IRONMAN involves a swimming, biking and running portion and the race commonly takes several hours to finish.
This specific IRONMAN began with a 2.4-mile swim in the fresh water of the Choptank River on the Delmarva Peninsula. Water temperatures can vary between 73 and 79 degrees Fahrenheit. The 112-mile bike takes athletes through Dorchester County and through the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge. The course is flat, fast and scenic. The day finishes with a 26.2-mile run on flat country roads filled with a number of straightaways. Dr. Payam is now one of the select group of people that can say they have completed an IRONMAN!
A History of IRONMAN
On February 18, 1978, 15 people competited in the first ever IRONMAN in Hawaii. The concept for an intense challenge of biking, running, and swimming was started by John Collins who was a naval officer stationed in Hawaii, and his wife Judy. The first race was officially televised in 1980 in hopes to bring more popularity to the competition. Since then, IRONMAN races have become more and more popular across the globe. The IRONMAN World Championship still takes place in Hawaii every year.