Wilmington, NC/Wrightsville Beach to host one of the top five iron distance triathlon in the world.
On Oct. 29th 1,875 triathletes will descend on the Wilmington area to participate in one of the top five iron distance triathlon in the world. The field of participants represents 43 states and five foreign countries. A total of 800 athletes are registered for the full iron distance race. Last year’s top time was 8 hours, 55 minutes and 52 seconds. An additional 1,075 athletes are registered for the half iron distance.
The race begins at 7 a.m. with a 2.4-mile swim through Banks Channel. Then athletes will mount their bikes and begin the 112-mile ride traversing highways and country roads in four neighboring counties before arriving at Battleship Park. The final leg of the race is a 26.2-mile run across the Cape Fear River through historic downtown Wilmington and around Greenfield Lake and back.
Organizers expect as many as 6,000 spectators to crowd the beaches, bridges, and roadways to witness the 140.6-mile route.
(Info summarized from ncpressrelease.com)