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Chattanooga triathlon turned into duathlon due to flooding

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Nearly a thousand athletes from across the region filled the streets of downtown Chattanooga Sunday for the Waterfront Triathlon. However, due to recent rains, it was actually a duathlon.

Athletes ran, biked and ran some more.

Recent flooding on the Tennessee River forced organizers to get rid of the swimming part of the race.

"What that did is it took the river level to a height that made it unsafe for swimming, but also was over the areas we have in place for our swim exit," organizer, Faye Yates says.

Yates says 80 percent of the competitors were from out of town. Atlanta native Eddie Ferguson was one of them.

"This is my third year doing this race and I'll probably come back next year," Ferguson says.

He believes Chattanooga is the perfect city to host an event this size.

"The hotels were right here downtown. You can walk with your bike out to the transition start; your family can come," Ferguson says.

While the water remained off limits it did little to hinder the spirits of the athletes.

"The last 10k of the race is a scorcher," Ferguson laughs.

The Chattanooga Track Club, Team Magic and Outdoor Chattanooga put on the race. Organizers say they're already looking forward to next years triathlon, with hopefully drier weather.

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