Chattanooga Waterfront Triathlon

Date Sunday, June 25 2017
LocationChattanooga, Tennessee
  • Intermediate - 1.5k Swim | 42k Bike | 10k Run
  • Sprint - 0.25mi Swim | 10.5mi Bike | 3mi Run

Course Detail

Main Staging Area

Check out the Site Overview with steps for easy packet pick-upHERE

The main staging area is on the two lawns at the corner of Chestnut Street and Riverfront Parkway. The finish line is on Riverfront Parkway between the river and the transition area.

The race transition area is organized based on your assigned race number. The bike racks are marked by ranges of "7" numbers, beginning with 1 through 7 and so on. Bikes do not have to be racked in numerical order ON the rack, but must be placed on the rack designated for your race number range.

Transition and Main Staging Layout

Map My Ride Maps with Elevation Option

Swim Course - Intermediate
Swim Course - Sprint
Bike Course - Intermediate
Bike Course - Sprint
Run Course - Intermediate
Run Course - Sprint

Swim Course

The distance for Intermediate Swim Course is a 1.5k point-to-point in the Tennessee River. The swim will go with the current. Shuttles will take athletes from the main staging area to the University of Tennessee Chattanooga Rowing Center. The shuttles will leave from the corner of Chestnut and Riverfront Parkway, adjacent to the race transition area.  

The Sprint Swim Course is 400 meters or 0.25 miles beginning at the boat dock under the Market Street Bridge.  It is also a point-to-point down river swim, finishing in the same location as the intermediate distance, just before the City Pier.  The start for the sprint is walking distance from theTransition Area.  

A bag drop will be available at both swim starts for you to leave personal belongings.  These items must be in the bag provided to you at packet pick up, clearly marked with your name and race bib number.  These items will be available for pick up in the Transition Area at the conclusion of your race. 

Swim Start Information:

The swim for both distances will be conducted in a time-trial fashion with individuals starting the race at approximately 3 second intervals, based on race number, with racer number 1* being the first racer / non-relay racer. Race numbers are assigned based on estimated swim time for 1.5k. *Relay teams will enter the water first based on their estimated swim times.

There will be no moving up in swim order on race day. Pre-register by the Wednesday night before the race to get a spot in the swim order!!!! All registrants after that time will have the UPPER numbers and be starting at the rear, sorry, no exceptions.

Swim Exit Information / Swim to Bike Transition:  

There will be steps in the water and volunteers at the swim exit to assist you.  Sprint Racers will exit the water and run up the stairs to cross Riverfront Parkway to enter the Transition Area at the corner of Riverfront Parkway and Chestnut Street.   Intermediate Racers will exit the water, run along the scenic water's edge, under the City Pier and up the ramp to enter the Transition Area at the corner of Riverfront Parkway and Chestnut Street.  For All Racers this will also be your "run start" exit when you come back from the bike course. The bike entrance and exit is on the OPPOSITE side of transition from the swim finish and run start at the corner of Riverfront Parkway and Power Alley.

Water Safety:  We will have plenty of volunteers in the water to support you during the swim.  SHOULD YOU REQUIRE ASSISTANCE ON THE SWIM AND TAKE A LIFE PRESERVER FROM THE WATER VOLUNTEERS, PLEASE RETURN IT TO THE FOOD TENT IN THE POST RACE AREA. Note:  If you DO use a flotation device to MOVE FORWARD, you may finish the race but you will be ineligible for an award.

USA Triathlon Wet Suit Rules:
Article 4.4: Each age group participant shall be permitted to wear a wet suit without penalty in any event sanctioned by USA Triathlon up to and including a water temperature of 78 degrees Fahrenheit.

When the water temperature is greater than 78 degrees, but less than 84 degrees Fahrenheit, age group participants may wear a wet suit at their own discretion, provided however that participants who wear a wet suit within this temperature range shall not be eligible for prizes or awards.

Swim Course- PDF Map - Intermediate
Swim Course- PDF Map  - Sprint

The water temperature is expected to be somewhere close to 28 °C / 82 °F, which means it is NOT wetsuit legal. Feel free to bring a wetsuit just in case we dip below 78 °F!  We will announce the official water temperature at the pre-start meeting.  


Bike Course

The intermediate bike course is actually 42k vs the 40k "standard intermediate distance"  and the sprint bike course is 10.5 miles. Why the funky distances? The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) paved a special turnaround for both races and the location that worked required the course to be a bit longer for the intermediate and a bit shorter for the sprint. The course heads out of the main staging area on Riverfront Parkway headed east, turns left on Martin Luther King Blvd (MLK,) then enters Hwy 27 headed north. Proceed to respective turn around on Hwy 27 and head back on Hwy 27 south to the MLK exit. Turn right off the exit ramp on to MLK then right on to Riverfront Parkway to return to the main staging area. 

*There will NOT be a bottle drop. Please come prepared. 

Printable overview of the INTERMEDIATE COURSE
Printable overview of the SPRINT COURSE

Run Course

Both courses are out-and-back course through part of downtown and on the Tennessee Riverwalk. Water stations will be located approximately every mile and in the transition area.

Runners exit the transition lawn on the east side on to Riverfront Parkway at Chestnut Street.  At the top of the hill, angle left onto the Veterans Bridge exit ramp. Cross under the High Street overpass. Immediately after crossing under the Riverwalk bridge, turn left, up the steps. Continue bending to the left onto the Riverwalk and across the bridge that you just passed under. After crossing Veterans Bridge / Georgia Avenue, turn left onto the first access sidewalk on your left, then a quick right onto Battery Place. Stay on Battery Place until the bottom of the hill (at Mabel).  The sprint will continue up the Battery Place exit ramp, to an out and back on Amnicola Highway, then back to Battery Place to return to the finish.  The intermediate course with cross Mabel and continue on the Riverwalk, past UTC Scrappy Moore field to the turnaround located roughly 3/10 mile past the Curtain Pole parking area and bathroom.

Note that the courses will be clearly marked with signage and volunteers.  For more detail, view the maps below.  

Printable overview of the INTERMEDIATE RUN COURSE 
Printable overview of the SPRINT RUN COURSE

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