Sportsbarn Hosts Triathlon Benefitting Local Families Trough First Things First

Monday, July 21, 2014

Area athletes are invited to test their physical strength at the 18th Annual Sportsbarn Sprint Triathlon on Sunday, Aug. 10.  The event starts at the Chickamauga Dam where competitors will swim, ride, run or even paddleboard to downtown Chattanooga.    

Each year, more than 700 participants and spectators turn out for the sprint triathlon presented by the Sportsbarn.  Proceeds benefit First Things First, a non-profit organization dedicated to strengthening area families.    

The triathlon begins at 7 a.m. with participants swimming or paddleboarding one quarter-mile in the Chickamauga Lake, and then riding 8.2 miles to downtown Chattanooga via Amnicola Highway.  The race ends with a 2-mile run along the Chattanooga riverfront and the North Shore.   

Cash prizes will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners overall and in each age group.   The Sportsbarn Sprint Triathlon welcomes Race Day Events as the official time-keeper.  Their service provides net and split times for every individual athlete. 

The cost to participate in the triathlon is $50 per person and $75 per relay team.  After Aug. 9, the cost is $55 per person and $80 per relay team.  The registration fee includes food and an event T-shirt.   Register online at www.sportsbarn.net or by calling the Sportsbarn at 266-1125.  Pre-registration is required. Registration closes at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 9.

The Sportsbarn Sprint Triathlon is sponsored by Personal Fitness Specialists, KZ106, Talk Radio 102.3, L2 Boards, Earth Fare, Summit Physical Therapy and Southern Coffee Service.


Morning Pointe Residents Bond With Boyd Buchanan Students

The 2018 Olympics is over, but a group of students at Boyd Buchanan enjoyed keeping their version of the games going at Morning Pointe of Hixson.   The youth hosted a variety of activities for the residents at the assisted living and Alzheimer's memory care community, such as bowling, chair volleyball and a hula hoop contest, to name a few.    "It was a day ... (click for more)

Mark Kimball Named CEO Of Erlanger Murphy Medical Center

Mark Kimball, FACHE, has been named chief executive officer of Erlanger Murphy Medical Center, based in Murphy, N.C.  The announcement was made this week by Kevin M. Spiegel, FACHE, president & CEO of the Erlanger Health System.  The North Carolina-based healthcare facility became Erlanger’s sixth hospital on April 1 and its first in North Carolina.   When ... (click for more)

Federal Funding Allocated For Future Bradley County Tennessee State Veterans Home

Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, Department of Veterans Services Commissioner Many-Bears Grinder and Tennessee State Veterans Home Executive Director Ed Harries announced the receipt of the $26,224,263 award from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) State Veterans Home Grants program today. The grant will provide the federal funding needed to build the future Bradley County ... (click for more)

TVA Issues Water And Road Traffic Cautions In Areas Of Savannah Creek, Harrison Bay And Chickamauga Marina

The Tennessee Valley Authority is issuing water and road traffic cautions for transmission line work that will span from just north of Savannah Creek to Chickamauga Dam. This work is part of several projects to upgrade TVA’s transmission system to ensure continued delivery of 99.999 percent reliable power. Area residents should expect to see helicopters working in this area ... (click for more)

A Tribute For My Brother – Sgt. Jonathan Gardner, U.S. Army

Seven years ago today, my family and I found out that my brother, Sgt. Jonathan D. Gardner, was seriously injured by a roadside bomb, (explosively formed penetrator - EFP), while on a mission in Kuwait. The EFP went through the bottom of his seat and put a softball size hole in his upper thigh. The doctors said that if the bomb had entered the Humvee an inch to the right, he ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Black Telephone

If you have never seen one in an antique store you wouldn’t know that the first telephones were contained in a not-so-small wooden box that had a snout-looking mouth piece and a separate speaker that you would hold on your ear while you talked. This was many years ago when phones were fun as compared to today’s tiny cell phones that rudely interrupt us from the task-at-hand both ... (click for more)