Chattanooga has been chosen as a destination for the IRONMAN® U.S. Series beginning in 2014, thru 2018.
According to a news release from the Chattanooga Sports Committee and the Chattanooga Convention and Visitors Bureau athletes will get to compete in IRONMAN Chattanooga on Sunday, September 28, 2014 and then annually through September 2018.
“With the rapid growth of triathlon in the Southeast, it is the perfect time for us to expand and add IRONMAN Chattanooga to our 2014 event calendar,” said Andrew Messick, Chief Executive Officer of IRONMAN. “We selected Chattanooga as it is a beautiful city and a premier outdoor sports destination. We are thrilled to bring IRONMAN here and to partner with the city to deliver a top level event.”
General registration for IRONMAN Chattanooga will open at noon ET Wednesday, September 4, 2013 on www.ironman.com/chattanooga. The 10 other US locations include: Boulder, CO; Coeur D’Alene, ID; Kailua-Kona, HI; Lake Placid, NY; Lake Tahoe, CA; Louisville, KY; Madison, WI; Panama City Beach, FL; Tempe, AZ and The Woodlands, TX.
“Since the reorganization of the Sports Committee in August of 2012, IRONMAN was an event high on our target list to actively pursue. When the opportunity presented itself in April, we immediately went to work on positioning Chattanooga as the next viable host community.” said Tim Morgan, President of the Chattanooga Sports Committee.
One of more than 30 events in the global IRONMAN Series, IRONMAN Chattanooga leads athletes through a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike and 26.2-mile run on a course that utilizes a variety of Chattanooga’s scenic areas. The race will start with a single loop 2.4-mile swim through the Tennessee River with ample spectator vantage points alongside Chattanooga’s famous Riverwalk. The bike will be a two-loop 56-mile course with scenic farmland and mountain views. The two and a half loop 26.2-mile run course will showcase beautiful downtown Chattanooga, the South Side, Riverview and the North Shore.
IRONMAN Chattanooga will have a $25,000 professional prize purse and will be a P-2000 race. Additionally, the race will offer 50 age group slots to the 2015 IRONMAN World Championship taking place on Oct. 10, 2015 in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.
For more information on the IRONMAN brand and global event series, visit www.ironman.com.