Little Debbie IRONMAN Chattanooga Triathlon Is This Weekend

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

More than 2,500 athletes are registered to compete Sunday in the 2017 Little Debbie IRONMAN Chattanooga triathlon presented by McKee A Family Bakery, which features the city of Chattanooga and its surrounding scenic areas.

Below are some additional details surrounding the event. 

A full list of Pro Participants can be found here.  

The pro panel which will take place at noon on Friday at Ross’s Landing.  While this list is subject to change, the Pro Panel is expected to include: Liz Lyles, Kim Schwabenbauer and Kelly Williamson. 

The Opening Ceremony is at 6 p.m. on Friday at Ross’s Landing and is free of charge for all athletes, spectators and the general public. The IRONMAN Foundation will award two Community Grants at the ceremony. In partnership with My Own 2 Feet & Wheels, a running, walking and biking program created to support and motivate the Chattanooga homeless community the grant will go toward purchasing new bikes and running equipment. In addition, a Community Grant will be provided to Ridgeland High School JROTC in Rossville, Georgia for new equipment and to support their program to develop citizens of character dedicated to serving their country and community.

The UnitedHealthcare IRONKIDS Chattanooga Fun Run will take place at 9 a.m. on Saturday at Ross’s Landing. Children between the ages of 3-13 will participate in a half-mile or one-mile fun run course. For more information, click here

One of more than 40 events in the global IRONMAN Series, the 2017 Little Debbie IRONMAN Chattanooga triathlon presented by McKee A Family Bakery leads athletes along a 2.4-mile swim, 116-mile bike and 26.2-mile run throughout Chattanooga and its surrounding areas. The swim takes place in the Tennessee River, while the two-loop bike course winds through North Georgia with scenic farmland and mountain views. Athletes then enjoy a two-loop run course that showcases downtown Chattanooga, The Tennessee Riverwalk and Riverfront Parkway. The event offers a total professional woman prize purse of $40,000 and 40 coveted age-group qualifying slots to the 2018 IRONMAN World Championship, taking place on Oct. 13 in Kailua-Kona, Hawai`i. 

The 2016 winning times were Marino Vanhoenacker (BEL), 8:12:22 (Professional Men) and Richele Frank (CAN), 10:23:43 (Age-Group Women). 

The race begins Sunday at 7:20 a.m.  It includes a 2.4-mile swim, 116-mile bike and a 26.2-mile run. For more details, check the athlete guide.

More than 2,500 registered athletes from around the globe will compete. The age range is from 18–80 years old. Of the more than 2,500 athletes registered to participate, occupations include attorney, chef, lifeguard, nurse, physician, teacher and writer.

There are 37 countries represented and the United States has 2,392 registered participants from 48 states. Florida has the most with 260 and Tennessee has 226 registered participants. 

Here is the course link and the spectator guide

The IRONMAN Village offers competitors, volunteers and race spectators the opportunity to interact and engage with companies within the endurance world in the days leading up to the event. Each event features exhibitors showcasing the latest trends in the industry as well as opportunities and services that are of interest to attendees. It also plays host to an athlete panel that includes some of the top pros in the series, informational athlete meetings and exciting partner announcements and prize giveaways. Located within close proximity to Athlete Registration and the IRONMAN Official Merchandise Store, the IRONMAN Village offers athletes of all ability levels a one stop shop.

For more information about the 2017 Little Debbie IRONMAN Chattanooga triathlon presented by McKee A Family Bakery, click here.


LIZ LYLES – 39 Years Old – Reno, NV 
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Twitter – lizlylestri  
Instagram – lizlylestri  
2016 IRONMAN South American Championship – Florianopolis Brasil – Champion 
2015 IRONMAN South American Championship – Florianopolis Brasil –2nd Place 
2015 IRONMAN Brasil, Florianopolis– 2nd Place 
2014 IRONMAN Frankfurt – 2nd Place 
2014 IRONMAN 70.3 Boise – 2nd Place 
2013 IRONMAN Western Australia – Champion 
2013 IRONMAN Lake Tahoe – 4th Place 
2013 IRONMAN 70.3 Boise - Champion 
2012 IRONMAN Wisconsin -  Champion 

KIM SCHWABENBAUER – 38 Years Old – Knox, PA
Facebook – Fuel Your Passion 
Twitter - @fuelyourpassion 
2017 IRONMAN Mont Tremblant – 2nd place 
2015 IRONMAN Chattanooga – 3rd Place 
2015 IRONMAN Taiwan – 3rd Place 
2015 IRONMAN Coeur d'Alene – 3rd Place 
2014 IRONMAN Asia Pacific Championship Melbourne – 3rd Place 
2014 IRONMAN Lake Placid – 2nd Place 
2013 IRONMAN Mont Tremblant – 5th Place 
2013 IRONMAN North American Championship – Texas – 3rd Place 

KELLY WILLIAMSON – 39 Years Old – Colorado Springs, CO 
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Twitter – khwilliamson  
2014 IRONMAN Coeur d’Alene – 2nd Place 
2014 IRONMAN Texas – Champion 
2014 IRONMAN Cozumel – 3rd Place 
2012 IRONMAN 70.3 San Juan – Champion 
2012 IRONMAN 70.3 US Pro Championship Texas – Champion 
2011 IRONMAN 70.3 Buffalo Springs – Champion 
2011 IRONMAN 70.3 San Juan – Champion 
2010 IRONMAN 70.3 Branson – Champion
2010 IRONMAN 70.3 Steelhead – Champion


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