Ironman 70.3 World Championship includes events open to public
More than 4,500 athletes representing 91 countries and territories have been pouring into Chattanooga this week to compete in the 2017 Ironman 70.3 World Championship on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 9-10.
This is the first time the championship will be a twoday race, with women competing Saturday and men on Sunday, beginning at 7:30 a.m. each day.
Triathletes ranging in age from 18 to 86 will compete on a course that includes a 1.2mile swim, 53-mile bike ride and 13.1-mile run.
Spectators are welcome to watch these physical challenges. A map of parking/shuttle locations and areas with spectator access can be found online at www. ironman. com/ triathlon/events/americas/ ironman-70.3/world- championship/spectators/spectator-guide. But any of the bridges spanning the Tennessee River as well as the pedestrian Riverwalk that runs parallel to the river would make ideal viewing locations as well.
These t riathletes will bring family with them, who will be dining and lodging all around the city, resulting in a multimillion-dollar financial impact. To entertain these guests, as well as Chattanoogans, and help all feel part of the weekend’s event, the championship’s organizers have scheduled events open to the public.
For the Ironman 70.3 World Championship, triathletes compete in a 1.2-mile swim, 53-mile bike ride and 13.1mile run. The runner in this photo is Matthew Russell, who won the 2017 Sunbelt Bakery Ironman 70.3 triathlon held here in May.