Swim Course

The PPD B2B swim course will be staged at Wrightsville Beach and will feature a mass beach start. The swim takes place in a channel that is connected to the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway; so it's a salt water swim but not in the ocean. An incoming tide with participants swimming with the current will make for some very fast times for the 2.4 mile(full) and 1.2 mile(half) course. The water temperature will be in the upper 60's to low 70's - perfect for wetsuit use. The Half Iron distance athletes will begin at 8:30AM in order to allow the full athletes to be well past the start line for the half.

Cut-Off Time (Full): 2 hours 20 minutes
Cut-Off Time (Half): 1 hour 30 minutes

Course Maps:
Full Swim Course Map
Half Swim Course Map

Bike Course

The 112 mile(full) and 56 mile(half) bike course takes competitors from Wrightsville Beach, through the northern section of Wilmington and then up towards White Lake - home of one of the more famous half iron distance events on the east coast. The bike course is totally flat with the only elevation change taking place when participants finish the bike course by crossing a bridge on the way into the second transition area located inside the newly constructed Wilmington Convention Center in downtown Wilmington. Vehicular traffic on the bike course will be extremely light throughout the course. Fully stocked aid stations will be located approximately every 15 miles along the entire course. For the full, a "Special Needs" stop will also be located at about the midpoint of the ride.

Cut-Off Time (Full): 10 hours 15 minutes cumulative from start of swim
Cut-Off Time (Half): 5 hours 45 minutes cumulative from start of swim

Course Maps:
Full Bike Course Map
Half Bike Course Map

Run Course

The two loop(full) and one loop(half) out and back run course will start at the newly constructed Wilmington Convention Center and finish in downtown Wilmington just across the river from the historic USS North Carolina Battleship. Competitors will enjoy a flat and fast course as the newly designed run has eliminated 2 bridge crossings and extended mileage in the flat areas around Greenfield Lake. One of the featured aspects of PPD B2B will be the run course aid stations. Located every mile along the 6.55 mile stretch, each aid station will serve a variety of food, drinks, and energy products to assist each athlete. Event organizers will be conducting a contest amongst the aid stations (voted on by the participants), so each group or company assigned to a particular aid station will be trying their best to "out do" the other aid stations. Aid station volunteers will be in costume and will be playing live or recorded music. On a more serious note, the run course will be fully covered with EMS personnel, HAM radio operators, and port-a-lets. Being that many competitors will still be out on the run course after the sun sets at about 6PM, the entire run course will be lit by portable light towers to compliment the existing street lights.

Cut-Off Time (Full): 17 hours 00 minutes cumulative from start of swim
Cut-Off Time (Full):All athletes must be on Lap 2 of the run no later than 9:00PM (or 13 1/2 hours after the start of the swim)
Cut-Off Time (Half): 9 hours 00 minutes cumulative from start of swim

Course Maps:
Full Run Course Map
Half Run Course Map

NHRMC 5K Course

The New Hanover Regional Medical Center 5K enters its second year as a popular point-to-point running event held in conjunction with PPD Beach2Battleship. This fast and flat 5K event will start at the Greenfield Lake Amphitheater and follow the last mile of the PPD Beach2Battleship course before finishing at the shared finish line. With a 9:30AM start athletes will enjoy perfect racing temperatures and the excitement experienced by the PPD Beach2Battleship Iron and Half Iron distance athletes. If you are looking for a fun, fast and exciting event the NHRMC 5K is the event for you!

To learn more about the event and to register visit the NHRMC 5K Event Page.

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