Bat­tle It Out at the Beach

Triathlon Magazine Canada - - Travel - By Gaylia Lynn Oster­lund

Let’sface it, our fam­i­lies and loved ones work hard sup­port­ing us to the start line of any race, so plan­ning desti­na­tion races, where there’s a lot to do out­side of rac­ing will make the whole crew happy. Beach 2 Bat­tle­ship, in the sunny cli­mate of North Carolina cer­tainly fits the bill.

Get­ting There

Get­ting to this venue is very easy. The larger Raleigh- Durham Air­port is a two-hour drive from Wilm­ing­ton, but there is an op­tion of tak­ing a con­nect­ing flight to Wilm­ing­ton In­ter­na­tional Air­port. An al­ter­na­tive is to f ly through Myr­tle Beach, lo­cated about 120 km away from Wilm­ing­ton.

As a point-to-point race, the event starts in the town of Wrightsville Beach and fin­ishes in down­town Wilm­ing­ton just across the river from the his­toric USS North Carolina Bat­tle­ship. There are also plenty of ac­com­mo­da­tion op­tions avail­able along the course. The Har­bor Inn lo­cated in Wrightsville of­fers a few more per­sonal ameni­ties to keep rac­ers re­laxed lead­ing into the big day, but for those who want to be close to the fin­ish line, the Hil­ton Wilm­ing­ton River­side and the Hamp­ton Inn Med­i­cal Park are ex­cel­lent op­tions.

The Course

The mass swim start takes place in a chan­nel con­nected to the At­lantic In­tra­coastal Water­way. One of the real perks is the in­com­ing tide that helps push you to a per­sonal best swim time.

The 180-km bike course is flat and fast. Af­ter leav­ing Wrightsville Beach, the course me­an­ders through the north­ern side of Wilm­ing­ton, out to­wards White Lake be­fore you ar­rive at the Wilm­ing­ton Con­ven­tion Center to start your run. The only el­e­va­tion is the climb across a bridge to rack your bike in T2.

The run course takes place en­tirely in Wilm­ing­ton near Cape Fear River and Green­field Lake. It is f lat and fast, con­ducive to a per­sonal best marathon time. Aid sta­tions at ev­ery mile and the very vo­cal spec­ta­tors ev­ery­where you look help to keep you mo­ti­vated all the way to the fin­ish line.

Race Hard, Play Harder

Wilm­ing­ton is a hip lit­tle town, full of his­tory, art, mu­se­ums and cul­ture. Be sure to al­low plenty of time to visit the uss North Carolina ( bat­tle­shipnc. com) to learn all about life aboard a Sec­ondWorld-War Bat­tle­ship. You should also put the Cape Fear Mu­seum on your list to learn all about pre- col­o­niza­tion days to the present ( cape­fear­mu­seum. com).

There is also fun to be had over in Wrightsville Beach. Af­ter some out­door fun of fish­ing, golf­ing and wa­ter sports with Wrightsville Beach Wa­ter Adventures ( wrightsville­beachad­ven­tures. com), stop by the lo­cal mu­seum (wb­mu­seum. com) be­fore en­joy­ing a nice din­ner at a one of the many quaint restau­rants in town.

The Race Or­ga­ni­za­tion

Set Up Events is a top-notch pro­duc­tion com­pany that puts on sev­eral dif­fer­ent types of events. Their at­ten­tion to de­tail is sec­ond to none as they strive to im­prove the race ex­pe­ri­ence each year, us­ing post-race ath­lete feed­back. If you are strug­gling to sched­ule in that one spe­cial event to close out your next sea­son, Beach 2 Bat­tle­ship is wor­thy of your con­sid­er­a­tion.

Pho­tos The 2013 ppd Beach2­bat­tle­ship full and half dis­tance triathlon

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