Monday, September 24, 2012

NC Big Sweep Beach Cleanup, Wrightsville Beach

Since 1987, New Hanover County has made a yearly effort to reduce the amount of litter that pollutes our waterways through a volunteer beach cleanup event. What began as a simple beach sweep with about 1,000 volunteers soon evolved into the statewide event known as Big Sweep.

This year, The North Carolina Big Sweep will be held Saturday, September 29, 2012 at different site locations. Anyone who is interested in taking part in this environmentally-friendly event should visit keepnhcbeautiful.org to sign up. There is no cost to participate.

Once you sign up, you will receive an email with more detailed information on the cleanup sites. Participants are encouraged to wear sunscreen, closed-toes shoes and clothes that can handle getting a little dirty.

As a fun incentive and special prizes will be given for the most unusual trash found! Just think of what you might discover...

For more information, visit keepnhcbeautiful.org or call (910) 798-7564.

Friday, September 21, 2012

Birding in and around Wrightsville Beach

Wrightsville Beach may be a small coastal community, but did you know it's located right along the edge of a bird superhighway?

The Eastern Atlantic flyway is one of five major avian migration paths in North America, and the Wrightsville Beach area is a popular stopover for frequent feathered fliers. Throughout September and October, area residents and visitors will have the opportunity to see some of these migrating species in a natural environment.

Thanks to Wrightsville Beach Scenic Tours and The Cape Fear Birder, Joseph Abbate, bird lovers will get the chance to explore the Intracoastal Waterway and other nearby coastal environments while searching for Caspian Terns, Red-breasted Mergansers, Common Loons and more. Here's a look at the schedule:

Masonboro Island Birding Cruise 
October 11 10am-12pm
$35

Hutaff Island Exploration 
October 27
10am-3pm
$75

Masonboro Island Shelling Eco
September 17 & October 11
11am-1pm
$35

Photography Sunset Cruise 
September 19 & October 19
4pm-6pm
$35 

For more information: www.wrightsvillebeachscenictours.com/2012/08/29/wrightsville-beach-scenic-tours-fall-trips/

Friday, September 14, 2012

Beach 2 Battleship Iron Distance Triathlon, Wrightsville Beach

Are you ready for a unique athletic challenge? Experience everything this waterfront community has to offer while competing with other athletes and pushing yourself to the finish line with the annual PPD Beach2Battleship triathlon.

This internationally recognized iron distance and half iron distance triathlon attracts competitors from across the state, country and even the world. Named one of the top 5 iron distance triathlons in the world by Triathlete Magazine, the Beach2Battleship entails running, bicycling and swimming.

This year's event will take place on October 20, 2012 and will begin at Wrightsville Beach.

Here's a look at the distances for Iron and Half Iron:

Swim Course - Wrightsville Beach
Iron Distance: 2.4 miles
Cut-Off Time: 2 hours, 20 minutes
Half Iron Distance: 1.2 mile
Cut-Off Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Bike Course - Through Wrightsville Beach and North Wilmington
Iron Distance: 112 mile
Cut-Off Time: 10 hours, 15 minutes (cumulative from start of swim)
Half Iron Distance: 56 mile
Cut-Off Time: 5 hours, 45 minutes (cumulative from start of swim)

Run Course - Start at Wilmington Convention Center through Downtown Wilmington
Iron Distance: 6.55 mile (two loops)
Cut-Off Time: 17 hours (cumulative from start of swim)
Half Iron Distance: 6.55 mile (one loop)
Cut-Off Time: 9 hours (cumulative from start of swim)

Visit www.beach2battleship.com to learn more or to register for the event.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

YMCA Triathlon, Wrightsville Beach 2012

YMCA Triathlon, Wrightsville Beach NC
Since 2001, the Wilmington Triathlon Club has been coaching and empowering its members in running, bicycling and swimming. Now, for the eleventh year, the Wilmington Triathlon Club and the Wilmington Family YMCA will be hosting the annual YMCA Triathlon on September 22, 2012.

The event will take place starting at 7 a.m. at Wrightsville Beach and will feature a 1500 swim, a 12 mile bike and a 5k run. Registration is now open, so any able-bodied athletes out there who would like to give it a try are welcome to sign up. Not an elite athlete? Not to worry! The Wilmington Triathlon Club prides itself on being a multi-level club, welcoming all levels from beginners to experts.

To register for this event, visit this link: www.setupevents.com/?fuseaction=event_detail&eventID=2010

To learn more about the Wilmington Triathlon Club, visit: www.wilmingtonfamilyymca.org/triathlon-club/about.
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