PPD Beach2Battleship News Release:
MICHELLIE JONES NAMED HONORARY HOST OF THE
PPD BEACH2BATTLESHIP WEEKEND
Former ITU World Champion, Kona IM World Champion, and Olympic Medalist to
address athletes, present awards
Wilmington, N.C. – September 11, 2014 – The PPD Beach2Battleship Triathlon is pleased to announce that Michellie Jones, a legend in the sport of triathlon, will serve as the honorary host of the race weekend that includes the PPD Beach2Battleship Triathlon full and half iron distance events and the New Hanover Regional Medical Center 5K.
Jones is a Kona Ironman world champion (2006), ITU world champion (1998, 1999), XTERRA Triathlon world champion (1996) and Olympic silver medalist (2000). The Australian triathlete has more than 175 wins to her credit across all race distances, both on- and off-road.
Friday, Oct. 24, Jones will be on hand at the PPD Beach2Battleship race expo at the Wilmington Convention Center to sign autographs and meet athletes, friends and visitors. Later, she will welcome athletes at the kickoff dinner.
On race day, Saturday, Oct. 25, look for Jones in the finish line area on Water Street, where the PPD Beach2Battleship and NHRMC 5K athletes will take their final triumphant steps. Finally, she will address the audience at the athlete celebration brunch and awards ceremony, Sunday, Oct. 26 at 10 a.m. in the Wilmington Convention Center. Tickets for the athlete dinner and awards brunch are available at www.beach2battleship.com.
Jones said, “I am excited to be invited to PPD Beach2Battleship triathlon and look forward to meeting all the participants and sharing my story.”
“We recognize that the journeys of our PPD Beach2Battleship athletes have been marked by tremendous dedication, passion and sacrifice – the same qualities that have been pervasive in the incredibly successful career of Michellie Jones,” said PPD Beach2Battleship Race Director Jeremey Davis. “We are so pleased she will serve as our race weekend host to recognize the achievements of our participants.”
The PPD Beach2Battleship Triathlon and NHRMC 5K benefit the Wilmington Family YMCA.
About Michellie Jones
Michellie Jones, an Australian triathlete, is best known for her two wins at the ITU World Championships, a win at the Kona Ironman World Championships and a silver at the Olympics, earning her the distinction as the only triathlete to have been on all three of those podiums. She has enjoyed over 175 career victories at distances from sprints to Ironmans, on- and off-road. Jones continues to train and race, but also works as a coach for Giddy Up Multisports, Sponsorship Commander for ISM, and athlete manager for Compex. In her free time, Jones trains and shows horses in hunter, dressage and western riding.
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.
PPD is a leading global contract research organization providing drug discovery, development, lifecycle management and laboratory services. Our clients and partners include pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, academic and government organizations. With offices in 46 countries and approximately 13,000 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.
New Hanover Regional Medical Center is the leading provider of quality and accessible health care in Southeastern North Carolina, delivering care to all in need, without the support of taxpayer dollars. The medical center takes seriously its responsibility as an economic engine for the community, creating more than 6,000 jobs directly and another 6,000 jobs indirectly.
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 will produce 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.