More than 2,200 athletes are registered for Sunday's Ironman Chattanooga, and while they compete for an invite to the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii, there are several places to watch it all and roads to steer clear of as the race gets underway.
Here are road closures, places to watch and a schedule of events for this weekend:
PLACES TO WATCH
Ross’s Landing: The public park behind along the Tennessee River near the Tennessee Aquarium will serve as the race’s hub and the site for Ironman village. Here, spectators can watch all of the transition and the finish.
Walnut Street Bridge: This pedestrian bridge will give spectators a stunning view of Chattanooga and the chance to see runners pass twice during the marathon.
Barton Avenue: The most infamous feature of the Chattanooga course feature a running ascent of this hill on Chattanooga’s North Shore. Stop by to give your racer and added boost as they look to climb Barton Avenue.
Chickamauga, Georgia: This historic town home to a National Park Service battlefield is a top place for spectators to view the bike leg of the race. Racers will come through the town’s downtown area where there is also an aid station for competitors.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
9 a.m. Ironkids Chattanooga Fun Run for registered participants
4:30-7 a.m. Athlete & spectator shuttle from Ross’s Landing to swim start at Curtain Pole in Riverwalk Park
7:20 a.m. Pro start at Curtain Pole (Riverwalk Park)
7:30 a.m. Age group start at Curtain Pole (Riverwalk Park)
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Information tent/lost & found
10 p.m. to 12:40 a.m. Finisher Party — cheer on the final finishers
8 a.m. to noon: Information tent/lost & found
9:30 a.m. Awards ceremony
11 a.m. 2020 Ironman World Championship slot allocation