PPD BEACH2BATTLESHIP TRIATHLON MARKS ITS SIXTH YEAR

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PPD BEACH2BATTLESHIP TRIATHLON MARKS ITS SIXTH YEAR

Annual race is the largest triathlon in the Mid-Atlantic region

WILMINGTON, N.C., (June 20, 2013) – On Oct. 26, more than 2,000 athletes, representing nearly all 50 states and many countries will travel to Wilmington, N.C., for the Mid-Atlantic region’s largest triathlon – the PPD Beach2Battleship.

Rated one of the top five triathlons in the world by readers of Triathlete magazine, and one of the top 20 triathlons in the world by Men’s Health magazine, PPD Beach2Battleship is known for its fast swim, flat sweeping ride and festive finish in downtown Wilmington. Funds raised benefit the Wilmington Family YMCA, supporting programs in the local community.

Now in its sixth year, the triathlon is sponsored by PPD, a global contract research organization headquartered in Wilmington, N.C. PPD sponsors the event to raise awareness about the importance of participating in clinical trials and their crucial role in developing tomorrow’s life-changing medicines for patients in need.

Athletes can register for the PPD Beach2Battleship iron and half iron distance triathlon at Beach2Battleship.com. PPD Beach2Battleship is produced by Set Up Events, one of the largest triathlon production companies in the United States, with more than 150 events produced in eight states annually.

About PPD

PPD is a leading global contract research organization providing drug discovery, development and lifecycle management services. Our clients and partners include pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, academic and government organizations. With offices in 46 countries and more than 12,500 professionals worldwide, PPD applies innovative technologies, therapeutic expertise and a commitment to quality to help clients and partners accelerate the delivery of safe and effective therapeutics and maximize the returns on their R&D investments. For more information, visit www.ppdi.com.

About the Wilmington Family YMCA

The Wilmington Family YMCA serves more than 8,000 people each year, including 2,000 children under the age of 18. Through a variety of programs and services focused on the holistic development of children and youth, and family strengthening, YMCAs unite men, women and children of all ages, faiths, backgrounds, abilities and income levels. The Wilmington Family YMCA has proudly served the community for nearly 125 years by building healthy spirit, mind and body for all. For more information, visit www.wilmingtonfamilyymca.org

About Set Up Events

Set Up Events, one of the nation’s largest producers of triathlons, is a full-service production, registration and timing company for participatory sports, triathlon and running events. In 2013 Set Up Events will produce over 150 triathlons in eight states totaling over 64,000 registrations. For more information about Set Up Events, visit www.SetUpEvents.com. Participants can also follow Set Up Events on Twitter (@SetUpEvents) or like Set Up Events’ Facebook page.