Ironman announced today that it has acquired multiple events from the YMCA of Wilmington.

Ironman announced today that it has acquired multiple events from the YMCA of Wilmington. Going forward, Ironman will own and operate the events previously known as PPD Beach2Battleship Full Distance triathlon and the PPD Beach2Battleship Half Distance triathlon. The events will be rebranded as PPD Ironman North Carolina presented by New Hanover Regional Medical Center and PPD Ironman North Carolina presented by New Hanover Regional Medical Center. Both will take place on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016.

“PPD Beach2Battleship has been an incredibly successful independent event since its inaugural race in 2008. Recognized as one of the Top Long Distance Triathlons by Triathlete magazine in 2010, we feel privileged to have the PPD Beach2Battleship team and events join the Ironman family,” said Andrew Messick, Chief Executive Officer of Ironman. “The acquisition of these races furthers our commitment to the Southeastern U.S. and we look forward to growing these two great events.”

General registration for Ironman North Carolina will open on Friday, Dec. 18, at Ironman.com/northcarolina.

General registration for Ironman 70.3 North Carolina will open on Friday, Dec. 18, at Ironman.com/northcarolina70.3.

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