Slideshow: PPD IRONMAN Triathlon North Carolina (marathon portion)

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The PPD IRONMAN Triathlon North Carolina took place throughout the Wilmington area on Saturday.

Participants started the day with a 2.4 mile open water swim in the Intracoastal Waterway in Wrightsville Beach. That was followed by an approximately 50-mile bicycle course through New Hanover County and parts of Pender and Brunswick counties.

The triathletes, who came from all around the country and the world, finished with a marathon. The 26.2 mile course looped the Wilmington Convention Center to Greenfield Lake and back, running down Front Street in the heart of downtown Wilmington.