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Ironman 70.3 passes on Lake Placid

Chattanooga to host half-Ironman world championships

September 30, 2015
By MORGAN RYAN - Sports Editor ( , Lake Placid News

Lake Placid was passed over as the host site of the 2017 Ironman 70.3 World Championships.

A committee of Ironman officials instead chose Chattanooga, Tennessee to host the two-day event that will take place Sept. 9-10, 2017. Lake Placid was one of three finalists, making its case in July by giving Ironman officials a tour of the village and the race course. St. George, Utah was the third finalist.

Lake Placid is home to the longest-running full Ironman in North America, hosting the 140.6-mile triathlon race since 1999. Next July, the Olympic village will host the event for the 18th-straight year.

The Ironman 70.3 World Championship is the pinnacle event in the global Ironman 70.3 triathlon series. Ironman expects more than 185,000 registered athletes to race in more than 100 Ironman 70.3 races around the world throughout the 2017 qualifying season. From those races, more than 4,000 athletes will qualify to race in the 2017 Ironman 70.3 World Championship in Chattanooga.

"We are extremely excited that our community was chosen to host the 2017 Ironman 70.3 Championship," said Bob Doak, president and chief executive officer for the Chattanooga Convention and Visitors Bureau. "Chattanooga is one of six cities in the country to host both an Ironman and an Ironman 70.3 and now Chattanooga is the only city on the planet to host an Ironman, an Ironman 70.3 and two days of Ironman 70.3 World Championship racing. That's impressive. We would not have been able to do this without the existing strong partnership with Ironman and the dedication and support of the entire community."

After being held for its first six years of existence in Clearwater, Florida, the Ironman 70.3 World Championship began an annual global rotation last year in Mont-Tremblant, Quebec. The event was held in Europe for the first time in August in Zell am See-Kaprun, SalzburgerLand, Austria. The 2016 race will take place in Queensland, Australia.

After 2017, the 70.3 World Championships won't return to the United States until 2025.

"Since 2006, the Ironman 70.3 race series has grown exponentially around the world and has seen global success with the annual change in host region of the Ironman 70.3 World Championship," said Andrew Messick, chief executive officer for Ironman. "I am thrilled to announce that Chattanooga has been selected as the host city for 2017. Chattanooga is a first-class city, fully qualified and well-equipped to deliver an exceptional event, and we look forward to providing our athletes with an unforgettable championship race experience."

Known throughout the southeastern U.S. as the "Scenic City" due to its proximity to Lookout Mountain, striking riverfront and vibrant downtown, Chattanooga lures athletes with its dramatic backdrop, idyllic weather and low-key southern charm.

Already host to annual Ironman and Ironman 70.3 events, Chattanooga provides a fast course with a downriver, point-to-point swim in the Tennessee River. Four bridges cross the river over the swim and a pedestrian Riverwalk runs along the entire swim course making it ideal for spectators.



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