PPD Beach2Battleship Triathlon Concludes Seventh Year

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2015 Race Registration Opens November 1

Wilmington, N.C. – October 27, 2014 – The seventh annual PPD Beach2Battleship Triathlon, produced by Set Up Events and benefiting the Wilmington Family YMCA, took place this past Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014. Nearly 2,200 triathletes from 43 states and several countries raced the half and full iron distance events. Additionally, more than 200 runners also participated in the inaugural New Hanover Regional Medical Center (NHRMC) 5K.

Vinny Johnson of North Berwick, ME was the overall winner of the 140.6 full iron distance race, finishing in 8:28:24, while Melissa Alfano of Raeford, NC won the female division with a time of 9:14:20. The full iron distance event included a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, and 26.2 mile run.

The overall winner of the 70.3 half iron distance race was Iain Alexandrios of Princeton, NJ who finished in 3:59:51. The top female finisher was Hannah Smith of Cary, NC with a time of 4:33:40. The half iron distance event included a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike, and 13.1 mile run. Both races began at Wrightsville Beach and finished in Downtown Wilmington.

Among the participants were professional triathletes, age-groupers through 72 years of age, military personnel, physically challenged paratriathletes, and relay teams. The PPD Heroes were among the competitors. Each overcame serious illness and participated in the race to raise public awareness about the importance of clinical trials for the development of critical medical treatments. The 2014 PPD Heroes included: Wendy Chioji, Tim Fortuna, Laura Hull, Mary Kreis, Meg Roberts, Chris Samia and Emily Schaller.

Triathlon legend Michellie Jones served as the weekend’s honorary host. She participated in the pro panel breakfast as well as the NHRMC 5K, then greeted athletes at the Expo. The former ITU world champion, Kona Ironman world champion, and Olympic medalist congratulated finishers then presented awards at the athlete celebration brunch.

Dick Jones, CEO of the Wilmington Family YMCA, said, “The PPD Beach2Battleship triathlon is unique in the way it has been forged by the community. That pride is reflected in the excitement and growth of the PPD Beach2Battleship weekend. We are very grateful to the citizens of Wilmington, Wrightsville Beach, and surrounding areas as well as to our tremendous sponsors who make this a top destination race.” The PPD Beach2Battleship Triathlon and NHRMC 5K benefit the Wilmington Family YMCA.

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.

Registration for the 2015 PPD Beach2Battleship opens on November 1 at www.Beach2Battleship.com

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 benefits the Wilmington Family YMCA. Walkers and families are welcome. For more information, 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.