The IronMan 70.3 World Championships will take place in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in September 2017. The host city for the prestigious endurance event was officially announced September 29. As the final culmination of the 2017 IronMan 70.3 triathlon series, the World Championships in Chattanooga are expected to include well over 4,000 qualifying athletes, drawn from some 185,000-plus competitors in worldwide IronMan triathlon events throughout the year’s season.
“Since 2006, the IronMan 70.3 race series has grown exponentially around the world and has seen global success with the annual change in host region of the IronMan 70.3 World Championship. I am thrilled to announce that Chattanooga, Tennessee has been selected as the host city for 2017,” commented Andrew Messick, IronMan chief executive officer. “Chattanooga is a first-class city, fully qualified and well-equipped to deliver an exceptional event, and we look forward to providing our athletes with an unforgettable championship race experience.”
Chattanooga offers a scenic downtown, including bridges and walkways by the Tennessee River, where IronMan world finalists will race through the swim portion of the grueling event. The protected race course is fast and picturesque. Plus, the charming Southern city boasts considerable experience in hosting IronMan triathlon events.
“We are extremely excited that our community was chosen to host the 2017 IronMan 70.3 Championship,” added Bob Doak, president and chief executive officer of the Chattanooga Convention and Visitors Bureau. “Chattanooga is one of six cities in the country to host both an IronMan and an IronMan 70.3; Chattanooga is 1 of 10 cities in the world to host both an IronMan and an IronMan 70.3; and Chattanooga is the only city on the planet to host an IronMan, an IronMan 70.3 and two days of IronMan 70.3 World Championship racing. That’s impressive. We would not have been able to do this without the existing strong partnership with IronMan and the dedication and support of the entire community.”
Chattanooga was chosen over fellow finalists Lake Placid, New York, and St. George, Utah, for the 2017 IronMan 70.3 World Championships. Earlier IronMan 70.3 World Championships hosts include Mont-Tremblant, Quebec, Canada (2014); Zell am See-Kaprun, SalzburgerLand, Austria (2015); and Queensland, Australia (2016).
Two-day IronMan 70.3 World Championships event to present gender-specific racing.
The 2017 IronMan 70.3 World Championships will include professional and age-group women racing on Saturday, September 9, and professional and age-group men racing on Sunday, September 10. The 2017 IronMan 70.3 World Championships will include a 1.2-mile swim, a 56-mile bike ride, and a 13.1-mile run.