PPD Beach2Battleship Half and Full Iron Distance Triathlon Set for October 25

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More Than 2,200 Athletes to Compete in Seventh Annual Event

Wilmington, N.C. – October 21, 2014 – The seventh annual PPD Beach2Battleship Triathlon, produced by Set Up Events and benefiting the Wilmington Family YMCA, takes place this Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014. This year’s event will see nearly 2,200 athletes from 43 states joining with international racers to compete in the half and full iron distance events. Additional athletes will participate in the New Hanover Regional Medical Center (NHRMC) 5K, a new event added to the PPD Beach2Battleship weekend.

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 on Water Street in downtown Wilmington. The half iron course is a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike, and 13.1-mile run that also ends in downtown Wilmington.

The athletes, who range up to 72 years of age, will compete for overall and age-group awards. Among the participants are professional triathletes, military personnel, physically challenged paratriathletes and the PPD Heroes who have overcome serious illness and race to raise public awareness about the importance of clinical trials for the development of critical medical treatments. The 2014 PPD Heroes include: Wendy Chioji, Tim Fortuna, Laura Hull, Mary Kreis, Meg Roberts, Chris Samia and Emily Schaller.

Triathlon legend Michellie Jones will serve as the weekend’s honorary host. The former ITU world champion, Kona Ironman world champion, and Olympic medalist will meet athletes and present awards Sunday at the athlete celebration brunch in the Wilmington Convention Center.

The PPD Beach2Battleship Triathlon and NHRMC 5K benefit the Wilmington Family YMCA. Dick Jones, CEO of the Wilmington Family YMCA, said, “The PPD Beach2Battleship Triathlon is unique due to its very strong community focus. Its identity and energy are derived from the beautiful and welcoming communities of Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach. We come together to provide the best possible race experience to the athletes who entrust their hard-earned race day to us.”

The 2013 race winners for the full iron distance were: Jeff Paul from Le Claire, Iowa, finishing in 9:04:49 and Jackie Pearce from Colombia, Missouri, with a time of 10:04:05. Winners of the 2013 half iron distance were: Michael Starkey from Waxhaw, North Carolina, in 4:11:04 and Laura Gersten from Cary, North Carolina, in 4:52:41.

An event expo featuring sponsors and multisport-related vendors will be held at the Wilmington Convention Center, Thursday, Oct. 23, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday, Oct. 24, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Many exhibitors will also be set up at the Michelob Ultra Finish Line Celebration on Water Street from noon until midnight, Saturday, Oct. 25. These are open to the public.

The race, and its beneficiary the Wilmington Family YMCA, receive tremendous support from the business community through sponsorships from the following: PPD, New Hanover Regional Medical Center, CLIF Shot, CLIF Bar, PhRMA, FINIS, Inc., Michelob Ultra and Natty Greene’s, Penske Truck Rental, AAA Carolinas, Cumulus Broadcasting, Medidata Solutions, TriBike Transport, Hilton Wilmington Riverside, LM Restaurants, Port City Java, BB&T, Inside Out Sports, Bryant Real Estate, WetSuitRental.com, Rent-A-John, Port City Marina, Without Limits Coaching, ORR Cycling, Rudy Project, Hammer Nutrition, WordwrightWeb, Mojotivation, Amateur Radio Emergency Services, Aquaman, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Party Suppliers and Rental, Subway, Miller-Motte College, Green Coast Recycling, Blockade Runner, The Home Depot, TOPS Athletics and Synergy ONE Wellness & Performance Lab, Wilmington NC Airport (ILM), Papa John’s Pizza, EZ Box Storage, Wilmington Yoga Center, Toad Hollow Athletics, Sunbelt Rentals, Salming, Gold’s Gym, Summit Plastic Surgery & Dermatology, CompresSport, L & L Tent and Party Rentals, Filmwerks, Patient Centered Care, Downtown Wilmington, Jungle Rapids Family Fun Park, BASE Performance and ORIG3N.

The event will impact some area roads and motorists are encouraged to take alternative routes or to exercise care when traveling the race course. A link to the traffic hotspots is provided at beach2battleship.com. Law enforcement agencies across the region are working with event organizers to ensure the safety of the participants and to minimize traffic delays.

Race organizers and sponsors appreciate the cooperation, support and involvement of the community. All are invited to watch the PPD Beach2Battleship Triathlon and cheer on participants along the course or at the finish line festival on Water Street.

About the PPD Beach2Battleship Triathlon

The PPD Beach2Battleship Triathlon has been ranked among the top five iron distance triathlons in the world by Triathlete. Nearly 2,200 athletes, including international competitors and triathletes from 43 U.S. states, will participate, helping generate more than $4 million in local economic impact. Funds raised benefit the Wilmington Family YMCA. The full iron distance triathlon includes a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike and a 26.2-mile run, and the event also offers a half iron distance triathlon course. The race starts in Wrightsville Beach, winds through New Hanover, Pender, Sampson and Bladen counties and ends in downtown Wilmington. For more information about the PPD Beach2Battleship Triathlon, click here or visit the PPD Beach2Battleship Facebook page.

About the New Hanover Regional Medical Center 5K

The NHRMC 5K is a companion race to the PPD Beach2Battleship Triathlon, offering athletes a scenic, fast and flat 5K course. The NHRMC 5K will be held at 9 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 25, starting at Legion Stadium and ending at the PPD Beach2Battleship Triathlon finish line on Water Street. The NHRMC 5K benefits the Wilmington Family YMCA. Walkers and families are welcome. For more information or to register, go to www.beach2battleship.com.

About PPD

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 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 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.