The Chattanooga Track Club

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Waterfront Triathlon
By John Hunt
Posted: Monday, June 18, 2018
For Immediate Release

The 2018 version of the Waterfront Triathlon will be held in downtown Chattanooga on Sunday, June 24 with the first race beginning at 6:45 a.m. and the second one at 7:30.

A sprint event, which includes a 400-yard swim, a 12-mile bike ride and a 5K run, kicks things off while the longer and more popular intermediate race is set for 7:30 and includes a 1.5K swim, a 40K bike ride and a 10K run.

The swim for the longer race starts at the rowing barge on the Tennessee River next to Scrappy Moore Field and exits at Ross’s landing. The swim for the sprint starts at the dock under the Market Street Bridge.

The bike course, which in years past has gone out I-124 toward Soddy Daisy, has been changed because of all the road construction and will include a double-loop course out Amnicola Highway near Chattanooga State and back.

The bike portion of the sprint will only be one loop out Amnicola.

The run course has been changed as well and will remain on the Chattanooga Riverwalk, but will go south from Spring Hill Suites to a turnaround near the old Wheeland Foundry before finishing on Riverfront Parkway at Ross’s Landing.

The event, which has been part of a Chattanooga tradition since the early 80s, is sponsored and directed by members of the Chattanooga Track Club and Team Magic.

Seth Ruhling is the defending overall winner in the intermediate race with a time of 1:55.00 with Jonathan Feddock the runner-up in 1:55:53. Kirsten Sass was the women’s winner and 14th overall in 2:03:30 while Sara Gibson was the second female and 25th overall in 2:06:36 after winning in 2016.

David Carpenter and Makena Gates are the defending champs in the sprint event with times of 53:40 and 1:01:22, respectively.

Packet pickup will take place at Ross’s Landing on Saturday from noon until 6 p.m. and on Sunday morning from 5:30-6:30.

Registration is still open for both races and can be activated at until midnight on Wednesday while late registration will take place at Ross’s Landing during packet pickup on Saturday.

This event was formerly the Chattanooga Dam Triathlon and has been designated as the 2018 USA Triathlon Mideast Regional Championship. The top 33 percent of the finishers in the intermediate race and top 10 percent in the sprint will qualify for the Olympic distance national triathlon championships, which will be held in Cleveland, Ohio in August.

Jenni Berz is serving as this year’s race director and she can be contacted at 423-667-9431 for further information.


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