On September 9th and 10th, Chattanooga will host the 2017 Ironman 70.3 World Championship. The organizers of the Ironman contests expected more than 185,000 athletes to race in over 100 Ironman 70.3 races around the world this year. From those races more than 4000 athletes will be coming to Chattanooga to compete in the 2017 Ironman 70.3 World Championship.
From the City of Chattanooga's Web site:
Public activities start at 6pm on Wednesday, September 6 with the “Made in Tennessee” celebration, a free concert with a headlining performance by Singer/Songwriter Carly Pearce and local opening act, Strung Like A Horse. The “Made in Tennessee” celebration will take place in front of the TN Aquarium. As part of the event, Aquarium Way will be closed between Market St. and Broad St. beginning at 1pm. Starting at 4pm, northbound Broad St. will be closed between Aquarium Way and 3rd St. In addition, 3rd St. between Market St. and Broad St. will be closed off for the event. The roads will reopen at 11pm that evening.
The IRONMAN Expo area will be open on the Chattanooga Green from 9:00 am -5:00 pm on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and 8:00 am – 5:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday.
On Thursday, September 7, there will be a “Late For The Train“ 5K Fun Run starting at 9am. Participants will start and finish on Riverfront Parkway at the official IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship finish line. Later that day, at 4pm, there will be a Parade of Nations, a great opportunity to see the over 90 countries that will be represented in the World Championship 70.3. This is a rolling closure, with the Chattanooga Police Department leading athletes and supporters from Aquarium Plaza to the Riverfront by way of Chestnut St.
On Friday, September 8, the IRONKID's 1/2 Mile and 1 Mile Fun Run will be held at 9am on Riverfront Parkway.