TAMPA, Fla. (Sept. 29, 2015) â€“ IRONMAN announced today that it has chosen Chattanooga, Tennessee to host the 2017 IRONMANÂ® 70.3Â® World Championship triathlon. The championship race will be a two-day event with the professional and age-group women racing on Saturday, September 9 and the professional and age-group men racing on Sunday, September 10.
The IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship is the pinnacle event in the global IRONMAN 70.3 triathlon series. IRONMAN expects more than 185,000 registered athletes to race at over 100 IRONMAN 70.3 races around the world throughout the 2017 qualifying season. From those races, more than 4,000 athletes will qualify to race in the 2017 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship.
â€œSince 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,â€ said Andrew Messick, Chief Executive Officer for IRONMAN. â€œChattanooga 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.â€
Known throughout the Southeastern U.S. as the Scenic City due to its proximity to Lookout Mountain, striking riverfront and vibrant downtown, Chattanooga lures athletes with its dramatic backdrop, idyllic weather and low-key southern charm. Already host to annual IRONMAN and IRONMAN 70.3 events, Chattanooga provides a fast course with a swim in the Tennessee River. Four bridges cross the river over the swim and a pedestrian Riverwalk runs along the entire swim course making it ideal for spectators. Chattanooga is full of attractions, eclectic dining spots and great places to stay.
â€œWe are extremely excited that our community was chosen to host the 2017 IRONMAN 70.3 Championship,â€ said Bob Doak, President and Chief Executive Officer for the Chattanooga Convention and Visitors Bureau. â€œChattanooga is 1 of 6 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.â€
The 2016 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship shifts to the Southern Hemisphere for the first time â€“ in Queensland, Australia’s Sunshine Coast â€“ before returning to North America in 2017.
The iconic IRONMANÂ® Series of events is the largest participation sports platform in the world. Since the inception of the IRONMANÂ® brand in 1978, athletes have proven that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLEÂ® by crossing finish lines at the world’s most challenging endurance races. Recognized for excellence through distinguished events, world-class athletes and quality products, IRONMAN has grown from a single race to a global sensation with more than 250 events and five unique brands: IRONMANÂ®, IRONMANÂ® 70.3Â®, 5150â„¢ Triathlon Series, Iron GirlÂ® and IRONKIDSÂ®. For more information, visit www.ironman.com.