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Chattanooga Waterfront Triathlon

Date Sunday, June 27 2021
LocationChattanooga, Tennessee
  • Sprint - 400m Swim | 20k Bike | 5k Run
      Sunday 06:45 AM
  • Olympic - 1.5k Swim | 40k Bike | 10k Run
      Sunday 07:30 AM

Course Detail

Site Overview | Main Staging Area | Transition Flow

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.  Each bike rack ROW is also marked with a sign to help you find your row as you complete your swim-to-bike and bike-to-run transitions. 


Olympic 1.5k | Sprint 400m 

The Olympic and Sprint swim courses are both point-to-point swims. With the Olympic swim beginning at the Manker Patten Tennis Center. Athletes will be taken to the swim start via shuttles from the main staging area. Sprint racers will walk to the swim start at the boat dock under the Market Street Bridge. Both race distances will finish just before the City Pier.

Olympic Shuttle Info: Shuttles for the Olympic swim start will be located on the block behind the transition area (south of the transition area | away from the river).

Bag Drop Info: A bag drop will be available at both swim starts for you to leave your 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. 

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 start at the rear.

The swim will be conducted in a time-trial fashion. Race numbers are assigned by estimated swim time. A racer will enter the water approximately every 3 seconds, with relay teams starting before individuals. Aquabike racers will start based on estimated swim time. To assist you in determining your swim time, follow this pace chart provided by US Masters Swimming. Cyclorun racers will be advised when they can leave on the bike, as soon as the first swimmer enters the transition area.

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.




Olympic 40k | Sprint 20k

The sprint bike course is 20k out and back on Riverside Drive and Amnicola Hwy. The Olympic 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.

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




Olympic 10k | Sprint 5k

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.

The course will be primarily on 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 Olympic course will also have a short section on a closed road for the turnaround on Chestnut Street.

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