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UNCW's Azalea Triathlon changing lives

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- UNCW hosted the 11th annual Azalea Triathlon this weekend.

More than 700 people competed in the sprint, completing a 300 yard swim, a nine mile bike ride and a 5-k run.

The race benefited the UNCW Swimming and Diving team. It was open to all ages ten and up.

Participant Lorand Batten said this race totally turned his life around. 

"It just motivated me just to get out," Batten said.

In 2011 he was nearly 300 pounds, but one day he turned on the TV and saw a triathlon for the first time. After some research, he found the Azalea Triathlon and began training. He went on to lose over 100lbs. He said it has improved every aspect of his life.

"You get around positive people that are exercising and they feel good. Your health becomes better and it changes you," Batten said.

Click here to learn more about the event and see race results.

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