Beach to Battleship
Oct. 26, 2013
When prompted to describe the course for North Carolina’s Beach to Battleship iron distance triathlon, participants typically use two words: “iconic” and “fast.” Both are accurate.
“I would suggest this race to anyone, but especially first-timers,” says Josh Thurman, who completed the race in 2012, “The course isn’t too difficult and it’s less expensive than most. I also liked the fact I could wait longer before signing up because I wasn’t sure how my body would respond to increased training volume.”
The swim has all the elements of a PR time: point-to-point, salt water, wetsuit-friendly, and the aid of a strong current. After emerging on Wrightsville Beach, athletes ride a flat 112-mile course in and around Wilmington before transitioning to a two-loop run course around Greenfield Lake.
The finish line is one for the memory books, with large crowd support calling athletes to the timing mat at the USS North Carolina Battleship.