The Wrightsville Beach Biathlon will benefit SUP Cleanup, an organization dedicated to maintaining clean waterways, marshes and barrier islands. This grass roots organization has grown to 17 chapters across the world, tackling trash problems in their local waterways. www.supcleanup.com
Biathlon Information and Registration: www.WBB.eventbrite.com
Discounted Biathlon lodging: www.WrightsvilleBiathlon.com/
Expect strong currents, inlet chop and heavy stroking on a four-mile route that loops from Banks Channel to Money Island into the Intracoastal Waterway through Motts Channel and back to the starting point. With the race half over, biathletes (or relay team members) will leave the water and sprint toward the oceanfront to compete in a four-mile pier-to-pier foot race in Wrightsville's beach sand, dramatically increasing the degree of difficulty compared to typical road races.
Relay teams are enticed into the competition with the coveted Masonboro Trophy and bragging rights for an entire year. Corporate-sponsored, male/male, male/female and husband-and-wife relay teams will battle for best times against defending relay champs Bike Cycles' Craig Stephens and Matt Whistoff. In 2012 they finished with a time of 1:13:40.
Wrightsville Beach and Blockade Runner Beach Resort host four major SUP events each year, attracting top SUP competitors in the world to North Carolina. Following the Wrightsville Beach Biathlon will be the annual Carolina Cup, planned for April 25-28; the North Carolina Surf to Sound Challenge traditionally held during the third weekend in November; and the Cold Stroke Classic in January.