PPD Beach2Battleship Triathlon News Release:
PPD BEACH2BATTLESHIP TRIATHLON TO INTEGRATE POINTSMAP TECHNOLOGY FOR ONLINE EVENT MAPPING
Customizable maps are tailored to the needs of the athlete, spectator or resident
Wilmington, N.C. – March 27, 2014 – The PPD Beach2Battleship Triathlon announced today the addition of PointsMap technology to its event website. The addition of PointsMap will enable athletes, spectators, and residents to customize geographic information to suit their individual needs and interests for navigation and place identification.
The Google-based maps will show up-to-date swim, bike and run courses, with typical zoom and pan features embedded for navigation. In addition, by selecting specific checkboxes adjacent to the online area map, users may choose among a list of display options. For instance, triathletes may be interested in the location of aid stations, transition locations, bike support and the finish line. Spectators may customize their map to identify restaurants, entertainment and restrooms. Residents could be interested in traffic detours or viewing locations. Event sponsors may have information included about their products or services.
“We constantly seek ways to improve and enhance the race experience for athletes and all involved in the PPD Beach2Battleship iron and half-iron distance triathlon,” said Jeremey Davis, PPD Beach2Battleship race director. “We have a great event, and the addition of PointsMap will make it even better for participants. PointsMap will enable racers and their families to spend time enjoying the event and all that Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach offer.”
The annual PPD Beach2Battleship Triathlon, now in its seventh year, is produced by Set Up Events and benefits the Wilmington Family YMCA. The event welcomes more than 2,000 athletes and their families to the mid-Atlantic destinations of Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach. Recognized as one of the top five triathlons in the world by readers of Triathlete magazine, the 2014 event will take place Saturday, Oct. 25. The full iron distance race includes a 2.4-mile swim in Banks Channel along Wrightsville Beach, a 112-mile bike through New Hanover, Pender, Sampson and Bladen counties, and a full marathon of 26.2 miles that finishes in downtown Wilmington. The half-iron course is a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike and 13.1-mile run that also begins at Wrightsville Beach and ends in downtown Wilmington.
About the PPD Beach2Battleship Triathlon
The PPD Beach2Battleship Triathlon has been ranked among the top five iron distance triathlons in the world by Triathlete. More than 2,000 athletes, including 19 international competitors and triathletes from 42 U.S. states participated in the 2013 race, helping generate more than $4 million in local economic impact. Funds raised benefit the Wilmington Family YMCA. For more information about the PPD Beach2Battleship Triathlon, click here or visit the PPD Beach2Battleship Facebook page.
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About The Wilmington Family YMCA
The Wilmington Family YMCA serves more than 10,000 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 more than 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 2014, Set Up Events produced more than 150 triathlons in eight states, totaling more than 64,000 registrations. For more information about Set Up Events, visit www.SetUpEvents.com, follow Set Up Events on Twitter (@SetUpEvents) or like Set Up Events’ Facebook page.