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Chattanooga Waterfront Triathlon may be a duathlon

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Twenty-five years old, the Chattanooga Waterfront Triathlon may be a duathlon (run/bike/run) this weekend, due primarily to the swollen Tennessee River.

The recent rains have increased the flow on the river downstream from the Chickamauga Dam by 300% according to race organizers.

Since the swim portion of the triathlon takes place in the river, organizers are concerned for participant safety, as well as that of the support crews in boats and kayaks.

Additionally, with the swim start and finish areas currently under several feet of water, those areas are another concern for safety.

A news release from the event organizers states:

Chances are high that we will not be able to hold the swim portion of the triathlon. In the event the swim is canceled, the event will become a duathlon (run / bike / run.) The first run will be a two mile run, conducted as a time trial start to insure a steady race flow through the swim to bike transition and to keep things spread out on the bike course as much as possible. The river walk where the second run takes place currently has areas under water. There is a plan in place for diverting the course from the flooded area should the water not recede or if the water recedes but the area is deemed unsafe or not manageable for running. This diversion involves about one mile and will result in the same distance as expected - a 10k run on an out and back course.

The Triathlon starts Sunday, July 14 at 7:30 a.m.

ADDITIONAL INFO | Chattanooga Waterfront Triathlon

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