Annapolis man to compete in Ironman


June 29, 1998|By Melinda Rice | Melinda Rice,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

ANNAPOLIS resident Ron Bowman hopes to fulfill a longtime dream in October by taking a 2.4-mile ocean swim at Kona, Hawaii, followed by a 112-mile bike ride and a 26.2-mile run.

The 48-year-old retired naval officer received word last month that he had secured a spot in the 1998 Ironman Triathlon.

"I'm very excited. It's a chance to do something that most people think only the elite get to do," said Bowman, who trains about 18 hours a week. That includes about five miles of swimming, 200 miles on his bicycle and 30 to 40 miles of running, plus another two to three hours of weightlifting.

About 1,500 people compete in the Hawaii Ironman. Most get their spots by winning qualifying races, but about 150 are chosen through a lottery system.

Bowman, who competes in five or six marathons every year, has applied for an Ironman lottery spot 10 or 12 times since he set his sights on the race about 15 years ago.

The Hawaii Ironman began in 1978 with 15 competitors. It was the idea of Navy Cmdr. John Collins, who took his inspiration from three endurance events in Hawaii -- the 2.4-mile Waikiki Rough Water Swim; the Around-Oahu Bike Race, a two-day, 112-mile contest; and the 26.2-mile Honolulu Marathon.

The race has spawned four other Ironman contests worldwide and draws competitors from around the world ranging in age from teens to 70s.

Contestants have 17 hours to compete the race's three legs, but record-setters have won in less than 8 1/2 hours. Bowman said his goal is to finish.

"It's very singular," he said. "It's not depending on a team. It's a very personal type of accomplishment."

Bowman will be joined in Hawaii by his wife, Lynn, who joked that she'd have to get a T-shirt emblazoned with "My husband did the Ironman, and all I got was this tan."

Bowman was born and raised in Farmington, N.M. He graduated from the Naval Academy in 1973 and spent 21 years traveling the world as a Navy officer.

Both Bowmans work for the U.S. Department of the Interior. They have two children -- Kristen, who just graduated from Hood College in Frederick, and Lee, a junior at Towson University.


Anne Arundel County's Department of Recreation and Parks is seeking entries for its annual photography contest.

Entries must depict scenes from one of the following: the B&A Trail Park, Quiet Waters Park, Downs Park, Arundel Swim Center, Eisenhower Golf Course, Joe Cannon Stadium, Jug Bay Wetland Sanctuary, Lake Waterford Park, London Town House and Gardens.

Contest rules are available at the B&A Trail Park ranger station, the Downs Park information center or by sending a stamped, self-addressed envelope to Photo Contest Rules, P.O. Box 1007, Severna Park 21122.

Entries must be submitted by July 20.

Information: 410-222-6230 or 410-222-6244.

Annapolis reunion

The Annapolis High School Class of 1983 is planning its 15-year reunion for Nov. 28 at the Wyndham Garden Hotel in Annapolis.

Reservations are due by July 15.

Information: 410-268-6676, 410-280-2847 or 410-268-4905.

Nursing awards

Anne Arundel Medical Center chose six nurses last month to receive nursing excellence awards. The awards are given annually to recognize outstanding work.

This year's recipients are Sarah Butler for health promotion and nursing support; Jazmin Manlapaz, nursing in general medicine; Christine Tschudin, oncology nursing; Becky Buffington, surgical services; Susan Burgess, women's and children's services; and Sue Patton, nursing leadership.

Charles Johnson was named technician of the year.

Pub Date: 6/29/98

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