Iron Distance Triathlon Draws 2,300 To Wilmington & Wrightsville Beach Area

WILMINGTON/WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, N.C. On Oct. 25, the seventh annual PPD Beach2Battleship Iron Distance Triathlon brought nearly 2,300 athletes, friends, family and trainers to the area. Another 300 runners were expected to participate in the inaugural New Hanover Regional Medical Center’s 5K, which was held in conjunction with the triathlon. 

The triathlon, sanctioned by USA Track & Field, included a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike ride and a 26.2-mile run. The event also offered a half iron distance triathlon. The PPD Beach2Battleship Triathlon is an internationally recognized iron distance and half iron distance triathlon, ranked among the top five iron distance events in the world by Triathlete magazine. Competitors from around the country and world have traveled to Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach to experience the race and enjoy the coastal setting.

Set Up Events, producer of the triathlon, reports that approximately 95 percent of the participants travel to the event from outside the local area, with this year’s athletes hailing from 45 states and six countries.
The economic impact of this event in the past was estimated at $4 million.