PPD Beach2Battleship Iron Distance Triathlon will see its participants battle a
long day’s trials.
numbers tell the story. The athletes total 2,400, the swim is 2.4 miles, the
bike 112 miles, the run 26.1 miles. The day started briskly with air
temperatures hovering in the 40s and a mass of neoprene-outfitted figures
huddling to make use of collective body heat, some who said the waiting was the
going 20 different directions, but I’m feeling good,” said Adam Swank of
Durham, N.C., about his third B2B experience. “I’m a good swimmer and the
water’s warm—this is the best I’m going to feel all day.”
the hardest part may be, the water offered haven from the air at just less than
70 degrees as swimmers filed into the sound south of the United States Coast
Guard Station at Wrightsville Beach to signal the beginning of the day’s lengthy
tests of endurance.
triathlon also features a half-iron distance in addition to the full, the swim
start of which was an hour later at the Seaside Yacht Club, so as the full
distance athletes swam past, the half distance athletes looked on, preparing.
Bailey of Charleston, W.Va., backed off her year-round training to prepare by
giving her body some rest, her spiritual preparation at the forefront of her disposition.
three weeks I did two bikes a week, swam maybe three times,” Bailey said. “… The
way you feel getting off the bike makes the run the hardest part, but honestly,
I know God’s got my back. I read my Bible right before I swim. I know that He
fully has me and I just do it.”
Marina, swimmers exited the water, shed their wetsuits, jogged across Causeway
Drive to the bike racks at Wrightsville Beach Park, donned their cycling
speed-suits and helmets, thus embarking on the race’s next leg that would take
them all the way to White Lake, N.C.
Jones, CEO of the Wilmington Family YMCA, the event’s sole benefactor,
commented on proceeds, outlined the race’s timetable and noted coinciding
to the Y will be in excess of $100,000, it’s our biggest fundraiser,” Jones
said. “We’ve got over 1,400 volunteers, some here and some as far as 60 miles
away. The first of the full-distance athletes will finish inside of nine hours
and the last will finish inside of 17. We’ve got the concert series across the waterway
at the Battleship Park. We had a concert last night at Legion Stadium, so
there’s a lot going on, but it’s all good for the community, people are coming
in and spending dollars.”
will enjoy a warming of temperatures to help them out throughout the day before
the race’s conclusion at the Battleship, hence the name, where they will have
completed what is, in the popular consensus, a life-changing experience.
The full story will be printed on Thursday, Oct.