Ironman 70.3 World Cham­pi­onship in­cludes events open to pub­lic

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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.

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