Chattanooga has been named one of two cities in the running to host the 2021 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship triathlon.

The Scenic City is up against St. George, Utah.

This will be the first time since 2017 that the world championship will be held in the United States. That year, the event was held in Chattanooga.

“The 2017 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship brought nearly 15,000 world-class athletes, families, and friends to Chattanooga for the largest IRONMAN 70.3 event ever produced at the time,” Barry White, President and Chief Executive Officer, Chattanooga Convention and Visitors Bureau, said. "It is an honor to be selected as a finalist and we look forward to the opportunity of sharing the Chattanooga experience with competitors and fans for the 2021 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship."

The IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship Triathlon will be a two-day event.

“Of the many fine cities that vied for consideration to host the 2021 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship, both Chattanooga and St. George stood out,” Andrew Messick, President & Chief Executive Officer of IRONMAN, said. “We are excited to move forward with these two finalists as year after year each city shines by providing world championship caliber venues and events for their athletes. The IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship showcases world-class competition at outstanding venues from around the globe. We look forward to our upcoming site visits as we determine who will be selected as the host city for the 2021 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship triathlon.”

Before the world championship in 2021, athletes will have the chance to compete in both cities.

On May 4, 2019, the IRONMAN 70.3 St. George North American Pro Championship triathlon will take place, and the Sunbelt Bakery IRONMAN 70.3 Chattanooga presented by McKee, A Family Bakery race is scheduled for Sunday, May 19, 2019.

Chattanooga will also host the Little Debbie IRONMAN Chattanooga presented by McKee - A Family Bakery on September 29.

Athletes will have to wait until July 2020 to qualify for the 2021 IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship.

For more information, visit IRONMAN's website.

Channel 3 will keep you updated on if Chattanooga is selected.