IRONMAN® 70.3 Chattanooga
Sunbelt Bakery IRONMAN 70.3 Chattanooga begins with a point-to-point swim that is mostly downstream in the Tennessee River. Athletes will begin with a short up-river section before making the turn and heading downriver to the transition area. The bike course offers spectacular views of Lookout Mountain as the riders head out 11 miles south of town for a rolling 34-mile loop in Georgia. The day ends with a chance to enjoy the many of Chattanooga's tourist venues as athletes take in the Tennessee Riverwalk and the beautiful Riverfront Parkway along the Tennessee River during the two-loop run.
Chattanooga lies at the transition between the ridge-and-valley portion of the Appalachian Mountains and the Cumberland Plateau and is surrounded by various mountains and ridges. The name "Chattanooga" comes from the Creek Indian word for "rock coming to a point." This refers to Lookout Mountain, one of the city's major attractions. Here visitors can explore extraordinary rock formations, see a roaring enclosed waterfall and travel by train to the top of the mountain for truly awesome vistas. The official nickname for Chattanooga is the Scenic City, reinforced by the growing national reputation as a haven for numerous outdoor activities including IRONMAN Chattanooga set to take place on May 17, 2015!