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IRONMAN 70.3: Setting up for Sunday's race

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -  Tents are already being set at Ross's Landing for the 70.3 mile event.

Wednesday and Thursday are big set up days at the Riverfront.

Ross's Landing is where athletes will come to check in before the race, and recover after the 70.3 miles are complete.

"We had incredible luck last fall in September with the inaugural IRONMAN Chattanooga," said race director Brian Myrick, "We're sort of riding those coat tails and hoping for a similar event here this weekend."

Registration for the 70.3 mile event sold out fast, there will be a mix of professional, amateur and even first-time triathletes.

"We're looking forward to putting 2,300 to 2,500 athletes in the water Sunday morning," Myrick said.

First up is a 1.2 mile swim in the Tennessee River. Racers get out of the water at Ross's Landing and then hop on the bike.

Ross's Landing will be the main transition area, with full road closures starting Thursday (5/14) at 9 a.m. and ending Monday (5/18) at 5 a.m.

But the 56-mile bike course through downtown Chattanooga and into Walker County, Georgia will have minimal traffic impacts.

"We don't close any roads down there, we just have a right of way permit to give cyclists the right of way,' said Myrick, "So we'll hold cars every few minutes."

After the bike it's a 13.1 mile run through the Riverfront and North shore -- that's where the race director says spectators will have the best view.

"The run course over on the North Shore, that will be really fun too, that was a lot of excitement last year in the Ironman," said Myrick, "The pedestrian bridge, Coolidge Park, everything is within about a mile of here."

This race doesn't happen without the help of 1,000 volunteers, mostly from Hamilton and Walker counties, who are already working to transform downtown Chattanooga into an Ironman village for race day.

"We ask for some patience as you see a couple thousand athletes roll into town here," said Myrick, "So you'll see people swimming in your river, biking, running on your roads."

As mentioned, the Riverfront will be closed beginning Thursday morning at 9 a.m.

That includes Riverfront Parkway, part of Chestnut Street and Power Alley.
    
There will be several other roads and interstate exits impacted on race day this Sunday, starting at 5 am.

For a full list of traffic impacts, click here.



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