Chattanooga will host the 2017 IRONMAN® 70.3® World Championship that will take place over two days: professional and age-group women will race on Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, and the professional and age-group men will race on Sunday, Sept. 10, 2017.
Hosting this event makes Chattanooga: 1 of 5 cities in North America to host both a full-distance IRONMAN and a 70.3 IRONMAN; 1 of 10 cities in the world to host both a full-distance IRONMAN and a 70.3 IRONMAN; and the ONLY city on the planet to host a full-distance IRONMAN, a 70.3 IRONMAN and the 70.3 IRONMAN World Championships (two events, two days).
The MADE IN TENNESSEE Celebration Kicks off the 2017 IRONMAN® 70.3® World Championship
Breakthrough Singer/Songwriter Carly Pearce Named Concert Headliner
IRONMAN would like to thank the communities and volunteers of Hamilton and Walker Counties and welcome more than 4,500 athletes from across the globe to Chattanooga by kicking off the four-day race event with a FREE celebration of all things MADE IN TENNESSEE on Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017, from 6-10 p.m.
The community is invited to get out and show the athletes and visitors some true southern hospitality as they are introduced to the MADE IN TENNESSEE Celebration featuring bluegrass and country artists whose careers were made in Tennessee.
The festivities include a southern shop and dine around experience, live music, and more along Broad Street between West Aquarium Way and West 3rd Streets, with the famed Tennessee Aquarium as the backdrop for the main stage entertainment. The Broad Street restaurants and shops will showcase southern-inspired foods, wines, and spirits.
Stick around on Saturday, Sept. 9, and Sunday, Sept. 10 as professional and age group athletes will be Made IRONMAN 70.3 World Champions... in Tennessee.
6:00 – 10:00 pm - Southern Shop & Dine Around
6:30 – 7:30 pm - The excitement begins with a performance from local favorite Strung Like A Horse, providing a taste of the bluegrass sounds from Chattanooga.
8:00 pm – 9:00 pm - The evening turns up a notch with headlining act and one of iHeartRadio’s ON THE VERGE country music artists – Carly Pearce. As the only solo female in the Top 15 at Country Radio with “Every Little Thing,” her textured vocals and charismatic presence will have the crowd craving more from the breakout star on Big Machine Records!
About IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship
In 2006 the inaugural IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship was held in Clearwater, Florida becoming another test for the world’s elite triathletes. Since that auspicious beginning, the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship has grown in stature and popularity moving first to Henderson, Nevada in 2011, where athletes encountered a more challenging terrain and then to Mont-Tremblant, Quebec—its first stop on the new "global rotation" for the championship. The event reached European soil for the first time ever in 2015, with Zell am See, Austria, hosting an epic and memorable event. In 2016, the race moved from the mountains to the beaches of the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia. This year, the event will return to the United States, taking place in Chattanooga, Tennessee and will become a two-day race for the first time. More than 185,000 athletes participated in a season of qualifying races for the championship, a series which consists of over 100 events in locations such as Australia, Brazil, China, Germany, South Africa and Switzerland. Approximately 4,500 athletes from around the world are registered to compete in this prestigious race. Participants in the 2017 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship range in age from 18 to 85-plus, and represent over 90 countries, territories and regions. In 2018, the event reaches the African continent for the first time and will be hosted in Nelson Mandela Bay in South Africa. The race will then move to Nice, France for 2019.
A Wanda Sports Holdings company, IRONMAN operates a global portfolio of events that includes the IRONMAN® Triathlon Series, the IRONMAN® 70.3® Triathlon Series, 5150™ Triathlon Series, the Rock n’ Roll Marathon Series®, Iron Girl®, IRONKIDS®, International Triathlon Union World Triathlon Series races, road cycling events including the UCI Velothon Majors Series, mountain bike races including the Absa Cape Epic®, premier marathons including the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon and other multisport races. IRONMAN’s events, together with all other Wanda Sports Holdings events, provide more than a million participants annually the benefits of endurance sports through the company’s vast offerings. The iconic IRONMAN ® Series of events is the largest participation sports platform in the world. Since the inception of the IRONMAN® brand in 1978, athletes have proven that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE® by crossing finish lines at the world’s most challenging endurance races. Beginning as a single race, IRONMAN has grown to become a global sensation with more than 200 events across 50 countries. For more information, visit www.ironman.com.