Thousands expected for biggest event yet
Training for a triathlon requires a lot from athletes: time, motivation and commitment. The athletes competing in IRONMAN Chattanooga have been training, in many cases, for years, and their hard work will show on Sunday, Sept. 28, as they swim, bike, and run to the finish line.
Benefiting the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America, IRONMAN Chattanooga is the eleventh IRONMAN race in the U.S. Series. The race is an all-day event, beginning with the pro start at 7:30 a.m. and the age group start at 7:40 a.m.
Kicking off the race is a 2.4 mile swim in the Tennessee River. Shuttle services will take athletes to the starting point (behind the Kenco Building) and spectators are invited to watch along the Riverwalk as athletes swim to the exit point at Ross’s Landing.
From there, athletes will continue with a scenic two-loop, 56-mile bike course (a total of 112 miles) through North Georgia. A map of the course, including turn-by-turn instructions is available on IRONMAN Chattanooga’s website.
Athletes will finish with a 26.2-mile run through downtown Chattanooga, the
Tennessee Riverwalk, the Veterans Bridge, Northshore, the Walnut Street Bridge and Riverfront Parkway, coming to an end at Ross’s Landing.
Take a stroll by the river to Ross’s Landing on Sunday to cheer on the athletes as they make their way across that finish line. The athletes may be well trained, but a little cheering never hurts!
For more information visit ironman.com/chattanooga.
— Madeline Chambliss