WILMINGTON – One of the only sprint distance events of the year in southeastern North Carolina returns to Wrightsville Beach in September as part of the 38th Annual Wilmington Family YMCA Triathlon.
More than 300 participants from eight different states, including North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, New York, Florida, Illinois, Georgia, Maryland, and New Jersey, are already registered for the race, which is set for Sept. 17, 2016.
“For local athletes it’s a great warm up for the October Ironman Race, and for those coming in from out of town, what a great place to compete at beautiful Wrightsville Beach,” said Tom Lamont, Resource Development Director of the YMCA. “The event is exciting for families and friends to watch and cheer on their loved ones and then spend some quality time the rest of the day at the beach or visiting other local sightseeing places while they are in town.”
Beginning at 7 a.m., the race starts at the Blockade Runner hotel with a 1,350 yard swim in Banks Channel. The swim is longer than a typical sprint distance swim due to the point-to-point swim that takes place with an incoming tide.
The 11.5 mile bike course takes participants over the Wrightsville Beach drawbridge and uses Oleander Drive, Pine Grove Drive and Greenville Loop Road, while the 5 kilometer run course utilizes the Wrightsville Beach “loop”.
“It’s a great opportunity for those people who still have a triathlon on their bucket list,” Lamont added. “It’s also great for the local economy with visitors spending money at local hotels, stores and restaurants during their weekend stay at the beach. This is a family event and it pushes the athletes to achieve something that many of them never thought they could achieve.”
For most individual categories the cost to register is $65 on or before Wednesday, Sept. 14, and $85 for on-site registration. For Mixed Relay teams the cost is $115 on or before Sept. 14, and $135 for on-site registration. For Aquabike participants the cost to register is $60 on or before Sept. 14 and $80 for on-site registration. Registration is open online through Setup Events.
Started in 1999, the North Carolina Triathlon Series is comprised of such iconic long-standing races like the Azalea Triathlon in Wilmington, The White Lake Half, the Wilmington YMCA Sprint, The Triangle Triathlon in Raleigh, and the Tri Latta Triathlon in Charlotte.