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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | August 24, 2011
The founder of the Baltimore Grand Prix asked a judge Wednesday to prevent organizers of the race from using ticket sales as collateral on future loans because, he alleges, they have failed to make tens of thousands of dollars of payments to him. In separate lawsuits filed in Baltimore City Circuit Court, race founder Steven Wehner and early investor Sean Conley allege that current race organizers have defaulted on payments to them. Wehner and Conley write that the amount that race organizers have borrowed indicates "the real possibility that little, if any, unencumbered monies would be available to satisfy [their]
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By Danae King, The Baltimore Sun | June 10, 2014
The weekend of the Great Chesapeake Bay Swim was better than any holiday for Robert Matysek. The South Carolina man loved to spend time swimming with his family. The 4.4-mile race from Sandy Point State Park to Kent Island was "like Christmas, the Fourth of July and his birthday all wrapped in one," said Matysek's brother Jim. Robert Matysek, who grew up in Baltimore, died Sunday while swimming the event with two of his brothers. He was 58. The state medical examiner has ruled Matysek's death an accidental drowning.
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November 3, 2011
Organizers of the Baltimore Grand Prix auto race that debuted Labor Day weekend reportedly sold more than 100,000 tickets, thrilled spectators and gave city residents a gratifying boost in civic pride. But a report this week that race promoters are facing $1.6 million in unpaid bills has sent up the yellow flag for enthusiasts who want to see motor sports here. The Grand Prix's apparently dire financial situation calls into question not only how successful the 2011 race actually was but also whether there's a viable future for such events in Baltimore.
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By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | April 1, 2014
The struggling Columbia Triathlon Association, which has run endurance races throughout Maryland for 30 years and helped raise millions for local charities, plans to turn all its events over to the World Triathlon Corp. and will shut down, the chairman of its board said. "WTC is taking over all the events," said Todd Jennings, chairman of the board of directors for the nonprofit association, also known as TriColumbia. "Once they take over the races, we'll officially shut down the organization and dissolve it. " The two organizations still are working out the details of the arrangement, he said.
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By Chris Korman, The Baltimore Sun | August 6, 2013
The construction time of this year's Grand Prix of Baltimore course has been reduced by 10 days, softening the effects on city traffic and downtown businesses, officials for the Labor Day weekend event announced Tuesday. General manager Tim Mayer said race organizers and city officials collaborated on a plan to close entire blocks at night and in the early morning, allowing workers to build the 12-turn, two-mile track from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. on most days. This approach, instead of closing single lanes during higher-traffic periods, will shorten construction from 31 days to 21. "We didn't expect we'd be able to do that, but it was our goal to minimize the impact on the people of Baltimore," Mayer said Tuesday, when race officials held a ceremonial dropping of a jersey wall that will line the course.
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By Karen Shih and Karen Shih,Sun Reporter | August 7, 2008
Organizers planning to bring the Annapolis Triathlon back for a second year this September are already dealing with opposition from businesses and churches, and now they face another hitch: The county has denied them a parade license because of the bicycle portion of their race. "This is unfair, arbitrary and, frankly, baffling," organizers said in an announcement this week.
SPORTS
By Sandra McKee, The Baltimore Sun | October 11, 2011
The IZOD IndyCar Series will return to the city on Labor Day weekend 2012 for the second Baltimore Grand Prix, race president and promoter Jay Davidson confirmed Tuesday. IndyCar is expected to make the official announcement Friday in Las Vegas, where the season concludes Sunday. "We're absolutely excited," Davidson said of having the race return for the three-day weekend Aug. 31-Sept. 2, "just based on the crowd we had here for the inaugural event and the people hanging around on Sunday after the race, just enjoying the day. "And I think it has a nice symmetry with the Indianapolis 500 on Memorial Day weekend kicking off the summer and our race on Labor Day weekend.
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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | April 1, 2011
Organizers of the Baltimore Grand Prix announced new sponsors Thursday for the three-day street racing festival slated to be held around the Inner Harbor over Labor Day weekend. Sunoco will be the fuel sponsor of the Baltimore race, according to a statement from Baltimore Racing Development. Sunoco is the official fuel of the Indy Racing Series, of which the Baltimore race is a part. Other sponsors include GEICO insurance, Transamerica/AEGON, Greenspring Energy, Enoch Office Products and HVM Racing, according to the statement.
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By FROM STAFF REPORTS | September 14, 2006
The next edition of the Volvo Ocean Race has its first entry. Ericsson Racing Team, which finished fifth in the seven-boat competition that ended in June, announced yesterday that it will be at the starting line in Alicante, Spain, in the fall of 2008. Race organizers have decided to shorten the down time between the around-the-world competition from four years to three years. The Ericsson venture will again be managed by Atlant Ocean Racing, which managed the Disney-backed boat Pirates of the Caribbean in the last race.
HEALTH
By Meredith Cohn | August 14, 2012
The Baltimore Grand Prix 5k race organizers filled every one of the 2,000 slots last year, but there won't be a running race this year, according to organizers at Corrigan Sports . The Labor Day race appeared victim to the new sponsor's time constraints, but Corrigan spokesman Dave Gell said they hope to bring it back next year. The race, held on the Grand Prix course downtown, won participants more than the usual T-shirt. They also got adminission to that day's racing.
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By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | March 7, 2014
The Columbia Triathlon Association - one of the country's premier endurance race organizers - expects to be taking event registrations again and offering reassurance to nervous athletes on its website next week after drafting a plan to put the organization on sound financial footing. "Races will all be open…We're happy about that, " said Todd Jennings, chairman of the board of directors for the 30-year-old nonprofit that has helped raised millions for charity and stages the EagleMan, a 70.3-mile triathlon in Cambridge, a qualifying event for the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii.
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By Alexander Pyles and The Baltimore Sun | October 10, 2013
Erika Brannock has not been to an organized race since April, when the first of two homemade bombs near the Boston Marathon finish line so badly injured the 29-year-old Towson preschool teacher that doctors were forced to amputate her left leg above the knee. That will change Saturday, when Brannock -- who took her first steps with a prosthesis just last weekend -- serves as the official starter at the Baltimore Running Festival. The decision to participate was not a difficult one. "I immediately said, of course, that I would love to do it and it would be a huge honor," Brannock said Wednesday.
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Peter Schmuck | September 13, 2013
The decision to suspend the Grand Prix of Baltimore for at least the next two years could not have come as much of a surprise to anyone who paid attention to the intrigue that surrounded the third edition of the IZOD IndyCar Series event over Labor Day weekend. By most accounts, the Sept. 1 race over the Inner Harbor street course was - quite literally - a smashing success, featuring enough fender-bending excitement to keep even the most casual fans entertained until Frenchman Simon Pagenaud took the lead with seven laps to go and cruised to his second victory of the season.
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Peter Schmuck | August 29, 2013
Back in 1873, there probably were people who heard about the new stakes race over at Pimlico and wondered why anyone would give a hoot about a bunch of horses running around a dirt track on the edge of town. No doubt, somebody complained about the equine pollution the event would generate and the logistical problems that would be created if it became so popular that the streets had to be widened to accommodate all the horse-drawn carriages converging on Young Hilltop, as it probably was called back then.
NEWS
Dan Rodricks | August 26, 2013
This will be the third year in a row that Baltimore tries to get its head wrapped around an IndyCar race on our downtown boulevards, and the question is: Are we there yet? Is Baltimore now a Grand Prix town, and is that even something we want? The world is divided between people who like cilantro and people who hate cilantro, those who like bluegrass music and those who like music, those who fancy motor sports and those who cannot stand them. (I've seen speedboat races, air races, stock cars, funny cars, classic dragsters, Le Mans series, Formula One, and my favorite motor sport remains demolition derby.)
BUSINESS
By Chris Korman, The Baltimore Sun | August 6, 2013
The construction time of this year's Grand Prix of Baltimore course has been reduced by 10 days, softening the effects on city traffic and downtown businesses, officials for the Labor Day weekend event announced Tuesday. General manager Tim Mayer said race organizers and city officials collaborated on a plan to close entire blocks at night and in the early morning, allowing workers to build the 12-turn, two-mile track from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. on most days. This approach, instead of closing single lanes during higher-traffic periods, will shorten construction from 31 days to 21. "We didn't expect we'd be able to do that, but it was our goal to minimize the impact on the people of Baltimore," Mayer said Tuesday, when race officials held a ceremonial dropping of a jersey wall that will line the course.
NEWS
August 15, 2011
The Baltimore Tree Trust, a new nonprofit whose mission is to "transform Baltimore with trees," would like to join the citizens of Baltimore in expressing our dismay at the removal of mature healthy trees on downtown streets for the convenience of the Grand Prix . At a time when our urban forest is visibly in decline and only trees can help cool hot city streets, Baltimore should work with the race organizers to create grandstands where the...
BUSINESS
By Chris Korman, The Baltimore Sun | July 9, 2013
Whether the Grand Prix of Baltimore, which will be run for a third time this Labor Day weekend, can survive depends on two factors: First, drawing and establishing fans of open-wheel racing during a time when the sport has struggled to keep people interested . Second, appeasing downtown businesses hurt by having the streets turned into a race track for the month of August. Organizers have taken many steps toward solving the first problem, moving an area for children inside -- away from the heat and noise -- and promising to book more entertainment options.
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