Chattanooga, Tennessee has been selected to host the eleventh race in the U.S. Ironman Series. Dubbed the Scenic City, outdoorsy Chattanooga offers a course nestled against the towering Cumberland Plateau and the Tennessee River. The inaugural Ironman Chattanooga race will take place on Sunday, September 28, 2014.
Triathlon: Ironman Chattanooga
When: Sunday, September 28, 2014
Where: Chattanooga, Tennessee
Divisions: Professional, Age Group
"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," says Andrew Messick, Chief Executive Officer of IRONMAN.
Ironman Chattanooga will begin with a single-loop, 2.4-mile swim in the Tennessee River with ample spectator vantage points alongside the city's famous Riverwalk. Athletes can look forward to a fast, down-current swim. 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. Overall, expect a fast, rolling course.
According to Chattanooga mayor Andy Berke, the city is already home to a thriving athletic community. "Chattanooga was a natural fit for this event," he says, adding that the race will introduce the city praised by hang-gliding and rock-climbing enthusiasts to a whole new breed of athletes. Berke says he looks forward to seeing how the Ironman event grows over the next few years as it builds upon the city's reputation as an outdoor adventure mecca.
Ironman Chattanooga will have a $25,000 USD professional prize purse and will be a P-2000 race. The race will offer 50 age group slots to the 2015 Ironman World Championship taking place on October 10, 2015 in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.
General registration for new 2014 Ironman Chattanooga triathlon will open at noon ET on Wednesday, September 4, 2013 at www.ironmanchattanooga.com
This is will be the second newest Ironman Series race in North America in 2014. Back in June the World Triathlon Corporation announced the new Ironman Boulder race in Colorado. As of now, there would be 15 Ironman events in North America alone.
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