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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Athletes from all over the country started a long day of swimming, biking, and running at Wrightsville Beach Saturday morning for the PPD Beach2Battleship iron distance and half iron distance triathlon.

Wilmington offers an ideal course for the race recognized around the world as the area combines both land and water for a long, tedious race.

One competitor even took work with him this year as he raced side-by-side with his boss. The triathlete’s family was there to cheer the duo on through the finish line.

“Just the perseverance to succeed and knowing that he has accomplished his goal is one of the best things for him,” said wife Rachael Butler of Charleston, South Carolina. “It is something he has had on his bucket list for quite some time and just to be here today is fulfillment. To walk away with a medal and show his boys he can do it is an accomplishment for him and us as a family.”

Butler says her husband and his boss prepared for 6 months before the race. It was their first half-iron distance race.

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