IRONMAN Adds Two Races In Wilmington, North Carolina

December 17th, 2015

IRONMAN Acquires Both PPD Beach2Battleship Triathlons; Becomes PPD IRONMAN North Carolina presented by New Hanover Regional Medical Center and PPD IRONMAN 70.3 North Carolina presented by New Hanover Regional Medical Center

TAMPA, Fla. (December 17, 2015) – IRONMAN announced today the acquisition of multiple events from the YMCA of Wilmington, Inc. IRONMAN will now own and operate the events previously known as PPD Beach2Battleship Full Distance triathlon and the PPD Beach2Battleship Half Distance triathlon. Rebranded as PPD IRONMAN® North Carolina presented by New Hanover Regional Medical Center and PPD IRONMAN® 70.3® North Carolina presented by New Hanover Regional Medical Center, these two newest IRONMAN events will both take place on Saturday, October 22, 2016. Registration for the races will open on December 18, 2015. In addition, IRONMAN will also offer the New Hanover Regional Medical Center IRONKIDS event during race week.

“PPD Beach2Battleship has been an incredibly successful independent event since its inaugural race in 2008. Recognized as one of the Top Long Distance Triathlons by Triathlete Magazine in 2010, we feel privileged to have the PPD Beach2Battleship team and events join the IRONMAN family,” said Andrew Messick, Chief Executive Officer of IRONMAN. “The acquisition of these races furthers our commitment to the Southeastern U.S. and we look forward to growing these two great events.”

The PPD IRONMAN North Carolina presented by New Hanover Regional Medical Center triathlon features a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, and a 26.2-mile run through coastal and southeastern North Carolina. It is a unique “point-to-point-to-point-to-point” event, with each leg finishing in a different location. The swim starts at the southern tip of beautiful Wrightsville Beach and takes place in a channel connected to the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. Always on an incoming tide, the current makes for consistently fast swim times. The bike course then takes competitors from Wrightsville Beach through the outskirts of Wilmington and three surrounding counties before heading to Historic Downtown Wilmington to the second transition area. The two-loop run is an out-and-back, flat and fast run course starting in historic Wilmington and leads athletes around picturesque Greenfield Lake. The race finishes in downtown Wilmington on the Cape Fear River just across from the historic USS North Carolina Battleship. 

PPD IRONMAN North Carolina presented by New Hanover Regional Medical Center will offer 30 age-group slots to the 2017 IRONMAN World Championship taking place in Kailua-Kona, Hawai’i on October 14, 2017.

The PPD IRONMAN 70.3 North Carolina presented by New Hanover Regional Medical Center triathlon uses much of the same course as its bigger sibling and will feature a 1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike and 13.1-mile run, and will be a qualifying event with 50 age-group slots for the 2017 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship in Chattanooga, Tennessee. This point-to-point-to-point-to-point event begins in Wrightsville Beach and takes athletes along the same fast channel swim. Cycling through the coastal countryside outside Wilmington and running around Greenfield Lake, athletes finish in historic downtown Wilmington across from the USS North Carolina Battleship.

“When the idea was conceived in 2007, our hope was to create an event which would attract triathletes from around the country. And we have been able to do so – thanks to the communities of Wrightsville Beach, Wilmington and Setup Events Race Production. Together, the results have been an amazing win for our community and the YMCA,” said Dick Jones, CEO of the Wilmington Family YMCA and co-founder of the PPD Beach2Battleship event. “This event so warmly embraced by the community has helped us fund programs and services each year to hundreds of families and children with needs throughout the greater Wilmington area. I would like to thank PPD and the New Hanover Regional Medical Center for their continued partnership and support of the races. Our decision to team with IRONMAN will enable even more athletes to experience these two great events and our wonderful community, while continuing to give back to our local communities. We are thrilled to bring IRONMAN to Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach and to join the IRONMAN family of events.”

David Simmons, chairman and CEO of PPD, a leading global contract research organization providing services to the biopharmaceutical industry, said, “We are proud of the strong partnership we’ve built with the Wilmington Family YMCA as title sponsor of this acclaimed triathlon, and we anticipate the race only growing in stature with IRONMAN’s leadership. For our employees, PPD IRONMAN North Carolina is sure to provide a thrilling race-day experience. And for our company and the PPD Heroes – athletes who have overcome life-threatening illnesses with medicines developed in clinical research – the event will continue providing an outstanding opportunity to raise awareness about the importance of increasing participation in clinical trials.”

With this acquisition, New Hanover Regional Medical Center (NHRMC) will continue as the Official and Exclusive Medical Services Provider and will become the presenting sponsor of both events – PPD IRONMAN North Carolina presented by New Hanover Regional Medical Center and PPD IRONMAN 70.3 North Carolina presented by New Hanover Regional Medical Center.  Additionally, NHRMC will become the inaugural title sponsor of the IRONKIDS North Carolina Fun Run.

Jack Barto, president and CEO of New Hanover Regional Medical Center, a 769-bed regional medical center, said, “We are committed to the health and well-being of all the residents in this region, and to those visiting Wilmington for these events. We welcome this opportunity to encourage everyone to make fitness a part of their wellness goals. We are proud to sponsor IRONKIDS, as this event underscores the importance of engaging children in active lifestyles. Our emergency responders will be poised to deliver high-quality medical care for the IRONMAN and IRONKIDS events.

General registration for PPD IRONMAN North Carolina will open on Friday, December 18, 2015 Athlete inquiries for PPD IRONMAN North Carolina may be directed

General registration for PPD IRONMAN 70.3 North Carolina will open on Friday, December 18, Athlete inquiries for the event can be directed to

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The iconic IRONMAN® Series of events is the largest participation sports platform in the world. Since the inception of the IRONMAN® brand in 1978, athletes have proven that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE® by crossing finish lines at the world’s most challenging endurance races. Recognized for excellence through distinguished events, world-class athletes and quality products, IRONMAN has grown from a single race to a global sensation with more than 250 events and five unique brands: IRONMAN®, IRONMAN® 70.3®, 5150™ Triathlon Series, Iron Girl® and IRONKIDS®. For more information, visit

About PPD Beach2Battleship

The PPD Beach2Battleship Triathlon has been ranked among the top five long distance triathlons in the world by Triathlete. Nearly 2,200 athletes, including international competitors and triathletes from 43 U.S. states, participated in the 2015 race, helping generate more than $4 million in local economic impact. Funds raised benefit the Wilmington Family YMCA. The full 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 distance triathlon course. The race starts in Wrightsville Beach, winds through New Hanover, Pender, Sampson and Bladen counties and ends in downtown Wilmington.

About 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 strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, 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 126 years by building healthy spirit, mind and body for all. For more information, visit 

About PPD

PPD is a leading global contract research organization providing drug discovery, development, lifecycle management andlaboratory services. Our clients and partners include pharmaceuticalbiotechnologymedical device, academic and governmentorganizations. With offices in 46 countries and more than 14,500 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 


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.  For more information, visit www.nhrmc. org


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