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Submitted by Asha Dave on Thu, 11/11/2010 - 5:25pm.

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- Athletes from all over the world are getting ready for the Beach2Battleship Triathlon. Although the race is Saturday morning, the weekend kicked off today with a special presentation honoring the triathletes. Among them are veterans and cancer survivors who have benefited from clinical trials and research done by companies like event sponsor PPD. “With PPD, it's all about service. The end state of what we do saves lives, so it makes you feel very proud, and because we had the ceremony on Veterans Day, it kind of all came together for us,” said PPD CEO David Grange. Grange was especially excited to kick off the triathlon weekend today. He's a retired Army Brigadier General. Triathlete Magazine named Beach2Battleship the 5th best triathlon in the world and the 2nd best in the nation.

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