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A cyclist rides through downtown Chickamauga Sunday morning during Ironman Chattanooga.

CHICKAMAUGA, Ga. ---- The leading competitors in Ironman Chattanooga began passing through the Chickamauga town square around 10 a.m. Sunday.

More than 2;700 men and women, ranging in age from 18 to 80, were expected to compete in the 144.6 mile triathlon.

They started with a 2.4-mile swim in the Tennessee River before 8 a.m. and then transitioned to the bike portion of the race; which takes them from Ross's Landing in downtown Chattanooga to Walker County, Ga. twice.

"It's interesting to see the faces of the drivers coming through Chickamauga," a public address announcer in the town square said. "They're wondering 'what in the world have I gotten myself into?'"

Motorists around the course area can expect delays throughout the day.

While hundreds of spectators are gathered in Chickamauga, spectators are also congregating at Ross's Landing, on the North Shore and in St. Elmo.

This is a developing story. Stay with the Times Free Press for more.

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