PPD Beach2Battleship Weekend Adds NHRMC 5K Race

August 20, 2014

Wilmington, N.C. – August 20, 2014 – The PPD Beach2Battleship Triathlon is pleased to announce the addition of the New Hanover Regional Medical Center (NHRMC) 5K to the lineup of race weekend events.

As a companion race to the PPD Beach2Battleship Iron and Half Iron Distance Triathlon, the new 5K provides an expanded opportunity for participation in a world-class event weekend, offering athletes a scenic, fast and flat 5K course. The NHRMC 5K will be held Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014.

“We are pleased to partner with New Hanover Regional Medical Center to offer this exciting new event,” said Dick Jones, president and chief executive officer of the Wilmington Family YMCA. “The NHRMC 5K will attract another segment of our community, engaging them in a healthy activity and the excitement and festivities that surround the PPD Beach2Battleship finish line downtown. This weekend is about promoting fun, fitness and health, and the NHRMC 5K allows the celebration to be even bigger and better.”

"As part of NHRMC's mission to promote the health and wellness of our community, we are proud to partner with The PPD Beach2Battleship Triathlon to offer a new 5K race event," said Jack Barto, president and chief executive officer of New Hanover Regional Medical Center. "The NHRMC 5K will broaden the weekend's appeal by encouraging individuals of most fitness levels to participate."

David Simmons, chairman and chief executive officer of PPD, said: “As title sponsor of the PPD Beach2Battleship Triathlon, we welcome NHRMC’s expanding leadership role in the exciting events of race week. NHRMC’s sponsorship of the new 5K adds a terrific new dimension to a world-class athletic competition and exemplifies the strong relationship between our two organizations and our shared commitment to improving health and saving lives.”

The point-to-point 5K will start at Legion Stadium, run along the streets of Greenfield Lake and downtown Wilmington, and end at the PPD Beach2Battleship Triathlon finish line on Water Street.

The 9 a.m. start time allows runners to see off triathlete friends and family, race the NHRMC 5K, then watch the bike and run portions of the triathlon.

The NHRMC 5K benefits the Wilmington Family YMCA. Walkers and families are welcome. Registration is $25 before Sept. 1. More information is available at www.beach2battleship.com.

About the PPD Beach2Battleship Triathlon

The PPD Beach2Battleship Triathlon has been ranked among the top five iron distance triathlons in the world by Triathlete. More than 2,000 athletes, including 19 international competitors and triathletes from 42 U.S. states participated in the 2013 race, helping generate more than $4 million in local economic impact. Funds raised benefit the Wilmington Family YMCA. For more information about the PPD Beach2Battleship Triathlon, click here or visit the PPD Beach2Battleship Facebook page.


New Hanover Regional Medical Center is the leading provider of quality and accessible health care in Southeastern North Carolina, delivering care to all in need, without the support of taxpayer dollars. The medical center takes seriously its responsibility as an economic engine for the community, creating more than 6,000 jobs directly and another 6,000 jobs indirectly.

About PPD

PPD is a leading global contract research organization providing drug discovery, development, lifecycle management and laboratory services. Our clients and partners include pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device, academic and government organizations. With offices in 46 countries and approximately 13,000 professionals worldwide, PPD applies innovative technologies, therapeutic expertise and a commitment to quality to help clients and partners accelerate the delivery of safe and effective therapeutics and maximize the returns on their R&D investments. For more information, visit www.ppdi.com.

About The Wilmington Family YMCA

The Wilmington Family YMCA serves more than 10,000 people each year, including 2,000 children under the age of 18. Through a variety of programs and services focused on the holistic development of children and youth, and family strengthening, YMCAs unite men, women and children of all ages, faiths, backgrounds, abilities and income levels. The Wilmington Family YMCA has proudly served the community for more than 125 years by building healthy spirit, mind and body for all. For more information, visit www.wilmingtonfamilyymca.org.

About Set Up Events

Set Up Events, one of the nation’s largest producers of triathlons, is a full-service production, registration and timing company for participatory sports, triathlon and running events. In 2014, Set Up Events will produce more than 150 triathlons in eight states, totaling more than 64,000 registrations. For more information about Set Up Events, visit www.SetUpEvents.com, follow Set Up Events on Twitter (@SetUpEvents) or like Set Up Events’ Facebook page.

For further information, contact: [email protected] or 212.246.7049