Athletes participated in Beach2Battleship Triathlon

Source: Tom Crichton
Source: Tom Crichton
Source: Tom Crichton
Source: Tom Crichton

Posted by Debra Worley - email

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - More than a thousand athletes from across the country were in Wilmington this weekend for the annual Beach 2 Battleship Triathlon.

Former Biggest Loser contestant Jaron Tate participated in the race, in attempt to accomplish one of his long-range fitness goals.  When he signed onto Season 3 he listed completing a triathlon as one of his goals.

"Racing in the Beach2Battleship iron distance triathlon is the culmination of a dream I set 140 lbs ago, and you never know what will happen on race day when you take on a 140.6 mile athletic endeavor," said Tate, former competitor on NBC's Biggest Loser. "You train and prepare like you should, but an event like this strips you down to your core, revealing emotions of every kind."

According to producers, the hit reality series on NBC planned to tape him at the event to use as part of their "The Biggest Loser, Where Are They Now?" Thanksgiving special.

Beach2Battlehip began at 7 a.m. Saturday, November 7th, and included a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride and a 26.2 mile run.

There were traffic hotspots to avoid Saturday because of the race. Highway 421 was the area where drivers faced the most delays.

The New Hanover County Sheriff's Office as well as the Wilmington Police Department helped control the traffic at various intersections around the county. According to Deputy Charles Smith, there were no major issues.


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