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YMCA Triathlon a huge success

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WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) -- Wilmington Family YMCA now has more money to go toward its physical fitness and community programs. Almost 1,500 participants and hundreds more spectators came to Wrightsville Beach before the sun was even up Saturday morning to participate in the 32nd YMCA Triathlon.

The racers were off at 7 a.m. First stop, a 1500-meter swim between Wrightsville Beach and the mainland. Next, a 12-mile bike ride. Then they finished up with a 5K run.

“It was hard out there. Yeah, the race was hard. I did pretty well, like, it was a good day though.”

It was definitely a good day for Brad Perry. He finished second with a time of one hour, three minutes, and some change. But while it was certainly an eventful day for the racers and their fans, fortunately, there were no safety, health or traffic emergencies.

Dan Reid of Wrightsville Beach Fire Department said, “overall, it's been a non-eventful triathlon, which is what everybody expects.

Wilmington Family YMCA puts on the event, and the money raised goes to fund after-school programs, programs for the physically challenged and programs to promote healthy living for children.

Long-time volunteer Sally Meserole said, “all the participants are just fabulous, and they love coming to Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach, and we at the YMCA love having them come and support our event and help out with all the programs we provide for the community.”

The first finisher, Tom Clifford, wowed fans by finishing the triathlon in just over an hour: one hour and three minutes.

The triathlon has grown significantly in the past thirty-two years; from 100 the first year, to almost 1500 this year.

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