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WILMINGTON, NC (NEWS RELEASE) — Organizers of the PPD Beach2Battleship triathlon and The USS North Carolina Ghost Ship event are working in tandem to coordinate traffic hotspots in an effort to determine the best transportation and parking availabilities during the weekend of October 28 and 29. Both organizations are making the Wilmington community and surrounding areas aware of potential traffic situations and providing transportation logistics for attending these two events.

“It’s very important for people attending the PPD Beach2Battleship and the Ghost Ship at the USS North Carolina Battleship Memorial to know that there will be no parking at the Battleship Park on Saturday, October 29th,” said Jeremey Davis, PPD Beach2Battleship Race Director. “It is vital that we get the word out that Battleship Park will only be accessible by water taxi and shuttle on Saturday, October 29th.”

Event organizers have provided detailed parking and transportation information including the following:


Friday, October 28, 2011
Parking for the event will take place at the USS North Carolina as scheduled.
Parking will be limited. There will be no shuttle service to the Battleship on Friday night.

Saturday, October 29, 2011
There will be no parking at the USS North Carolina on Saturday, October 29, 2011. Parking for both events will take place in downtown Wilmington. All attending the Ghost Ship will take the free water taxis from the boat dock at the Hilton Riverside to the USS North Carolina Battleship Memorial or the trolleys from the Hilton Riverside (Water Street) to the USS North Carolina Battleship Memorial. Water taxis and trolleys will return you to the same locations following the event.

Event organizers also offered the following general traffic information and advisory for motorists to be aware of during the triathlon taking place on Saturday, October 29.


The intersection of Hwy 17 (Market St.) and Porters Neck Road just south of the new interchange with I-140
Traffic delays are probable, Saturday the 29th from 7:30 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. for northbound traffic on Market St. (Hwy 17) at Porters Neck Rd. Traffic delays are also probable for Porters Neck Rd. traffic accessing Market St. Motorists are advised to avoid this area during that time.

Hwy 421 from I-140 to the Battleship
Motorists traveling from Wilmington to Brunswick County are asked to use the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge and avoid using the Isabella Holmes Bridge the entire day of Saturday, October 29, 2011. Traffic delays are probable for southbound traffic on Hwy 421 from I-140 to the USS North Carolina Battleship Memorial.

Complete traffic and parking information for the PPD Beach2Battleship triathlon can be found at: http://www.beach2battleship.com/traffic.cfm

The PPD Beach2Battleship takes place on October 29, 2011 and includes a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike ride and a 26.2 mile run, and it also offers a half iron distance triathlon event. The event benefits the Wilmington Family YMCA. For more information please visit www.beach2battleship.com.

Organizers of the PPD Beach2Battleship Triathlon announced today the event has sold out, with a record 1,875 triathletes to compete in the triathlon on Oct. 29. It is the first time the triathlon has sold out since the inaugural event in 2008.

A total of 800 participants are registered for the full iron distance portion of the triathlon and 1,075 participants are registered for the half iron distance portion. The field of participants represents 43 states and five foreign countries.

“Selling out our event in its fourth year shows the fantastic growth and continued popularity of the PPD Beach2Battleship Triathlon,” said Dick Jones, Wilmington Family YMCA President. “The entire community should be proud of the event as it showcases all that the Wilmington area has to offer to people from all over the country and the world.”

Preliminary calculations for an economic impact study provided by the Wilmington/Cape Fear Coast Convention & Visitors Bureau include:

· 2,100 attendees – 90% from out of town
· 3.5 days average stay
· Travel party size – 2.5 people
· Direct Spending – $1,575,700
· Economic impact to community – $3,939,350

“One of the great events in Wilmington is the PPD Beach2Battleship Triathlon,” said Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo. “Not only does the event give us the opportunity to share our quality of life with all of the participants, it also gives us a unique opportunity to showcase all of the wonderful things to do in our city,”

The event takes place on Oct. 29, 2011 and includes a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike ride and a 26.2 mile run, and it also offers a half iron distance triathlon event. The race will begin at 7 a.m. at the southern tip of Wrightsville Beach, N.C., and finish at the USS North Carolina Battleship Memorial in downtown Wilmington. Coordinators are expecting approximately 6,000 spectators.

The PPD Beach2Battleship Triathlon is an internationally recognized iron distance and half iron distance triathlon. Competitors from around the country and the world have traveled to the Wilmington area to enjoy everything this world famous waterfront destination has to offer and to experience a competition that Triathlete Magazine named as one of the top five iron distance triathlons in the world. All of the event’s net proceeds are contributed to the Wilmington Family YMCA.For more information please visit www.beach2battleship.com.

PPD, Inc., a leading global contract research organization, supports the event as its title sponsor to educate the public on the vital role of clinical research and participation in clinical trials to deliver new medicines to improve health and save lives, and to support the local community.

Comment on this Story

  • Guest340

    Just something else to create inconvenience for citizens trying to go about their daily routine. If these clowns want to run, bike or whatever, why not go to Charlotte and run around the motor speedway where they won’t interfere with others?

  • Nina

    Last year I was trapped in my neighborhood all morning….cars were piled up and could not get onto Market street at all. No cops to help. People were pretty angry since getting to work and other appointments was next to impossible. When you live on a loop road, you really have no alternatives. Perhaps the organizers should think about that and use other-than-major arteries.

  • Guest461

    …then just stay home, keep poking those Krispy Kremes down your pipe and continue to put a little more excessive wear on your couch cushions.

    This is a huge event that brings athletes from around the world to compete. This race is publicized several WEEKS in advance, particularly for those of you that have a difficult time working around their “normal” routines and lack the flexibility to use a different route once a year.

    It’s one thing to be a lazy, unfit marshmallow, it’s totally another to whine about it on a public forum.

  • TriClown

    Do you want Wilmington/Wrightsville Beach to be a destination, or just another crappy little harbor town? If it’s the latter, you’ll never have to be inconvenienced EVER… and most of the people in this town would be out of work. If you want tourism, sometimes there will be events that inconvenience you. But the traffic problems are well known and publicized in advance so you can plan around it… I had to re-route a little bit, but I didn’t have any problems getting anywhere on Saturday.

  • Guest2020

    Yet another reason that I am glad I now live on the other side of the river.

  • Morgan.

    Stop being selfish and support activities of our community. you can go to Charlotte so you can avoid it.


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