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NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Triathletes from all over the globe are swimming, biking and running from Wrightsville Beach to the Battleship North Carolina for PPD’s annual Beach2Battleship full and half iron distance triathlon.

Around 2,000 participants jumped in the water Saturday morning. Those competing in the full iron distance swam 2.4 miles, biked 112 miles and ran 26.2 miles, a total of 140.6 miles across our region.

“You have to fight through and break down some of the walls when it starts to hurt a little, and you just have to keep pushing through and know that there’s a finish line at the end,” triathlete Robert Cristman said. “Generally, there’s a big crowd at the end. It’s very exciting to come through, and you forget about all the pain and all the training that you’ve gone through just to get to that one moment.”

Cristman, who completed the half iron distance, said triathlons are a great way to meet people, stay in shape and get to travel. Triathlete Magazine has named Beach2Battleship one of the top five iron distance triathlons in the world.

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