This year, the two-day expo and race headquarters for the Beach2Battleship Triathalon will be held at the Wilmington Convention Center.
In addition, much of the race this year will take place in the downtown area, so thousands of participants and visitors from around the world will be downtown this weekend.
The bike course begins at Wrightsville Beach, travels through northern New Hanover County and returns to the Convention Center via the Isabel Holmes Bridge. The running course starts at the Convention Center, travels through downtown, down Front Street, around Greenfield Park and back.
The Beach2Battleship Triathalon was named one of the top 5 iron distance triathalons in the world by Triathlete Magazine.
Almost two thousand racers will be participating in this event and many more spectators will be lining the streets to watch, so please use caution if coming downtown or traveling near the race course on Saturday.
According to the B2B website:
If you live in or are visiting the Wilmington area on Saturday, Oct. 20, the two key traffic hotspots will be:
- The intersection of Hwy 17 (Market St.) and Porters Neck Rd. just south of the new interchange with I-140.
Traffic delays are probable from 7:30 a.m. until 10:00 a.m. for northbound traffic on Market St. (Hwy 17) at Porters Neck Rd. Traffic delays are also probable for Porters Neck Rd. traffic accessing Market St. Motorists are advised to avoid this area from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. If you are on the roads during this time, please be aware of cyclists sharing the road.
- Isabel Holmes Bridge. *Please avoid the Isabel Holmes Bridge from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 20*
Motorists traveling from Wilmington to Brunswick County are asked to use the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge and avoid using the Isabel Holmes Bridge and Hwy 421. Traffic delays are probable for southbound traffic on Hwy 421 from I-140 to the Battleship NC from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.