Saturday, September 24, 2022 Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480 US Directions
The Oldest Sprint Triathlon in the U.S.
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Events

Individual

$65 7:00AM EDT - 5:00PM EDT
820 spots left. Registration Opens December 31, 2021 at 8:00am EST

Relay

$120 7:00AM EDT - 5:00PM EDT
121 spots left. Registration Opens December 31, 2021 at 9:09am EST

Aquabike

$55 7:00AM EDT - 5:00PM EDT
13 spots left. Registration Opens December 31, 2021 at 9:09am EST

Youth Triathlon

$55 7:30AM EDT - 10:00AM EDT
46 spots left. Registration Opens December 31, 2021 at 4:51am EST
Place
Wrightsville Beach Town Hall
321 Causeway Dr.
Wrightsville Beach, NC US 28480
News

Registration Opens - 11/1/21

A North Carolina Triathlon Tradition

 

Description

The YMCA of Southeastern North Carolina's Wrightsville Beach Sprint Triathlon first held in 1979, was the brainchild of Karl Sutter, a then resident of Wrightsville Beach. Karl was competitive by nature and had been college swimmer. A few years after college, Karl had taken up running to get back in shape, and one day sprained his ankle and then turned to cycling as an outlet for fitness while his injury healed. When reading Sports Illustrated in the spring of ‘79 he noticed a small article about the first Ironman triathlon with it’s 12 participants that was held in Hawaii the prior fall. Karl approached the local YMCA which was under the direction of Jack Morris at the time, and a new event for the area was born. This triathlon originally named the Pepsi YMCA Triathlon would become the first and longest running triathlon on the east coast of the US with its start of 99 participants that September, 1979.

This event creates a lot of excitement and enthusiasm within the race community because of its scenic location in beautiful Wrightsville Beach. The course is flat and the distances are short, making it a great first event for new triathletes, and a great time trial for more experienced racers.

In recent years, the YMCA has added a Youth Triathlon event in addition to the traditional Sprint Triathlon, increasing the participation in younger athletes. The Y has also added a Corporate Relay Division to encourage local businesses to come out and compete for a very large trophy to display in their business, not to mention bragging rights for the year! 

Race Start Time

7:00 am

Note:  The youth race starts as soon as the last swimmer in the Sprint triathlon exits the water (estimate around 8:00am)

Race Distances

Sprint:

Swim:  1150 meters
Bike:  11.5 miles
Run:  5K

Youth:

Swim: 200 meters
Bike: 4 miles
Run:  1.6 miles

Packet Pick-Up and Schedule of Events

It is highly recommended that you pick up your race packet and check your bike into the transition area on Friday September 23rd

FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 23rd 2022

12:00pm-7:00pm: Packet Pickup
4:00pm to 7:30pm: (RECOMMENDED) Optional Bike Check In Wrightsville Beach Park (321 Causeway Dr, Wrightsville Beach, NC 28480)
5:00pm: Youth Triathlon Walkthrough
6:00pm: Pre-Race Q&A Meeting

SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 24th 2022

5:00am-6:45am: Transition Opens
5:00am-6:30am: Packet Pick-Up
5:00am-6:30am: Chip Pickup (athletes will be required to self body mark on hands only)
7:00am: Transition Closes
7:00am: Sprint Triathlon Starts
8:00am: Youth Triathlon Start
10:30am: Awards Ceremony

GETTING TO THE START

All participants can walk to the start.  The start is a 3/4 mile walk or jog from transition.  We will have one traffic lane closed from Wynn Plaza to the Blockade Runner Beach Start area with bathrooms located on the way

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