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Chattanooga Waterfront Triathlon

Date Sunday, June 25 2017
LocationChattanooga, Tennessee
  • Intermediate - 1.5k Swim | 40k Bike | 10k Run
  • Sprint - 400m Swim | 20k Bike | 5k Run

Course Detail


We are looking forward to another great event in Chattanooga at the 21st Century Waterfront.  Chattanooga continues to enhance the downtown area to make it the best mid-size city in the country and road improvements are a part of that.  For the safety of our racers, we are moving away from the construction zone for 2017 and returning to our roots for the bike course and showing off the newest section of the city's greenway for the run.

The bike course will be fairly flat with a few modest hills, with dedicated lanes on Amnicola Highway for a safe and enjoyable ride.  A host of law enforcement and volunteers will be positioned throughout the course to ensure your safety and enjoyment.  
...and don't forget that downstream swim to get you started and no steps to climb on the run this year!

2017 will be a great year to race Chattanooga.


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.



Swim Course

The distance for Intermediate Swim Course is a 1.5k point-to-point in the Tennessee River. The swim follows the direction of the current. Shuttles will take athletes from the main staging area to the University of Tennessee Chattanooga Rowing Center. The shuttles will leave from Aquarium Way, one block behind the transition area (south of the Transition Area | away from the river.)



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 the Transition 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 for the intermediate or 400 meter for the sprint distance. 

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.  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.   

Water Safety:  We will have plenty of support 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.

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 sprint bike course is 20k out and back on Riverside Drive and Amnicola Hwy. The intermediate course is two loops of the sprint course. Bikes will be using the inside lanes of this four-lane road, with cones providing separation from traffic. The course will be controlled by local police.  New course for 2017!

NOTE: There will NOT be a bottle drop. Please come prepared. 





Run Course
Both courses are out-and-back courses on the newest section of Tennessee Riverwalk. Water stations will be located approximately every mile and in the transition area.

New courses for 2017! The course will be primarily on the the Riverwalk with a short section on Riverfront Parkway, closed to traffic from the transition area to the Riverwalk trailhead just west of the race staging area. The intermediate course will also have a short section on a closed road for the turnaround on Chestnut Street.




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