Chattanooga gets high marks from Ironman 70.3 director, participants

Finishing an endurance event like the Sunbelt Bakery Ironman 70.3 North American Championship in Chattanooga has a special meaning for everyone from the top finishers to the final athletes to cross the finish line. The accomplishment means something different to each person.

Another 3,000 of those stories were told Sunday at Ross's Landing as the athletes completed a 1.4 mile swim in the Tennessee River, a 56-mile bike segment that took riders into North Georgia and a 13.1 mile run through downtown Chattanooga supported by an army of volunteers and the cheers of friends, families and spectators.

"Today has been fabulous for us," Drew Wolfe, regional director for Ironman, said. "Obviously a little bit warm out here today, but the thing that tops that is the reception from Chattanooga. It's great to be back here racing with about 3,000 athletes out here today."