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What are all of the Budget Rental trucks doing at Independence Mall?

Amanda Lisk

The trucks are storing supplies and equipment for the ninth annual PPD Ironman Beach 2 Battleship race being held Saturday, Oct. 22, according to Independence Mall marketing director and specialty leasing manager Jami Gerhart. Event coordinators are preparing for its biggest turnout everwith a sold-out crowd of 3,000 athletes participating.

The full iron race distance is a 2.4 miles swim in Banks Channel at Wrightsville Beach, a 112 mile bike ride from the beach to downtown Wilmington and then a marathon, 26.2 miles running through Greenfield Park and back to downtown. The half course is a 1.2 mile swim, a 56 mile bike ride and a 13.1 mile run. The bike portion has been cut short this year because of the effects of flooding after Hurricane Matthew on the roads the course would follow.

Formerly known as the Beach 2 Battleship triathlon, the PPD Ironman race is presented by New Hanover Regional Medical Center and is expecting more than most from out of town.

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