Monday, September 04, 2017 08:00 AM


Chattanooga is hosting the Ironman 70.3 World Championship this weekend, so more than 4,000 top athletes and countless supporters will soon descend on the Scenic City.

With its dramatic backdrop, striking Riverfront and fast swim course through the Tennessee River, Chattanooga is well-equipped to play host, Ironman CEO Andrew Messick saidin a prepared statement.

Its a historic year for the event because it will include the largest athlete field ever foran Ironman70.3. This year is also the firsttwo-day Ironman70.3 World Championship, which allows forfocus onfemale athletes Sept. 9 and malecompetitors Sept. 10,Messick said.

The 2017 field of athletes will tackle a 1.2-mile swim in the Tennessee River, followed by a 56-mile bicycle ride through Lookout Mountain and into downtown Chattanooga, capped with a 13.1-mile run along the Tennessee Riverwalk and Riverfront Parkway, finishing at Rosss Landingall of which must be completed before an eight-and-a-half-hour cutoff time, according to a news release.

Crowds lined the course at a previous 70.3 Ironman event to cheer on Ironman competitors. (Photo: Staff)

In order to qualify for the 2017Ironman70.3 World Championship, more than 185,000 age group athletes competed to earn slots at over 100 Ironman 70.3 events held worldwide.

Athletes are coming from 90 countries, regions and ...

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