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Triathletes take to Wilmington Saturday

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If you were out and about in Wilmington Saturday, you most likely saw the triathletes racing to the finish line. The Second Annual Beach to Battleship Iron Distance Triathlon started at Wrightsville Beach with a 2.4 swim. Then, athletes rode bicycles 112 miles from Wrightsville Beach, through Wilmington, up toward White Lake and finished back in Wilmington. At the Battleship North Carolina, participants put on their running shoes for the last leg of the race-a marathon. Competitors could also choose to participate in the half-triathlon or one leg of a relay team. Athletes told WWAY what it is like competing in such a gut-wrenching endeavor. "112 miles is a long way to ride a bike, but I feel great, I'm so glad to finish and finish strong," said Chris Mangum, relay team cyclist. Triathlete Ashley Long said, "My goal was to break five hours and I went 4:49:59 so it's a PR. I'm really happy." "This is a great venue. Wilmington is a great city to have this type of event, we really got to see the downtown area on the run, the bike course was pleasantly fast, and the run course, we thought the people along the way were was phenomenal, I mean it really helped to have all those people out," said half-triathalon female winner Gail Kattouf. This year more than 1,400 athletes took part in the race from 38 states and 12 countries.

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But the TRAFFIC!!

Im all for fitness and supporting events in Wilmington but the traffic was horrible. The time it took me to get from the 74/76East exit to the I140 bridge was about 2 hours and the traffic in the opposite direction was just as bad. Its a good idea but bad location for the city.

Truck Driver...

The race organizers issued press releases weeks in advance, and newspapers and tv websites had this information out there. The information signs on the highway told you to expect congestion/delays. The Cape Fear Bridge was wide open... take it over to College, turn north, and you would have been home free.

Wah wah wah,Truck Driver it

Wah wah wah,Truck Driver it was one day a year, get over it. I applaud these athletes and know some of the grueling challenges that your body has to go through to get to where they are. No I have never done a triathalon. I did do the biking leg of it though and being that you are a truck driver I suggest next time you clock and see just how long 112 miles truly is. Then remember, they didn't stop there!!! Congratulations to all the athletes, to ones that performed in this race, in past races or in races to come!!!!!