The Chattanooga Division of Transportation welcomes IRONMAN 70.3 this upcoming weekend. It recommends that spectators and visitors park in the lots and garages surrounding downtown and utilize the Free Electric Shuttle (begin 9:30 a.m. Sunday) and Bike Chattanooga bike share system (24/7).
Public activities start Friday afternoon with the IRONMAN Village and Official IRONMAN Store opening at 2 p.m. on Riverfront Parkway. Both will be open Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sunday (race day) 7 a.m.-3 p.m.
The Tennessee River will be closed to pleasure crafts between Ross's Landing and the Hubert Fry Center from 5-10:30 a.m. on Sunday. This includes the Rivermont Park and Tennessee Riverpark boat ramps.
IRONMAN starts early Sunday morning with the swim portion at 6:50 a.m. and athletes will be transitioning to the bike race from about 7:15-9 a.m. Traffic will be stopped from crossing the cyclists' lane when they are present between 8 a.m.-1 p.m. on Riverfront Parkway, West 20th Street, Broad Street, Market Street, and Alton Park Boulevard. Runners will be on the Riverwalk, Amnicola Highway, the Veterans Bridge, Frazier Avenue, Barton Avenue, Hixson Pike, and Riverview Road between 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Spectators are encouraged to make the most of this unprecedented opportunity for Chattanooga. Links to the Ironman 70.3 Spectator Guide, Travel Tips, and maps of the routes be found on the 2022 IRONMAN 70.3 Chattanooga website.
Riverside Drive/Riverfront Parkway between Aquarium Way and Molly Lane, Chestnut Street between Aquarium Way and Riverfront Parkway, Power Alley from the parking lot to Riverfront Parkway, and the southbound Veterans Bridge ramp to Riverside Drive will be closed Wednesday until 9 a.m. on Monday, May 23, for the IRONMAN 70.3 setup and race.
The right eastbound lane of Riverfront Parkway between Molly Lane and Market Street, the right southbound lane of Market Street between West 20th Street and West 40th Street, West 40th Street between Alton Park Blvd and Tennessee Avenue, and the I-24 on-ramp and Southbound off-ramp at Market Street will be closed and all streets crossing this route will be controlled by CPD officers. The intersections of St Elmo Avenue and Virginia Avenue at West 45th Street will be 4-way Stops from 5 a.m.-1 p.m. on Sunday for the IRONMAN 70.3 bike portion. Cyclists will also be on Tennessee Avenue and St Elmo Avenue to the state line, riding with traffic.
The right eastbound lane of Frazier Avenue between Forest Avenue and the Veterans Bridge, the right northbound lane of Barton Avenue between Frazier Avenue and Baker Street, the right northbound lane of the Veterans Bridge between East 3rd Street and Barton Avenue, the right westbound lane of Amnicola Highway between Old Curtain Pole Road and Lindsay Street, Riverside Drive between Lindsay Street and Molly Lane, the Battery Place off-ramp from Riverside Drive, Aquarium Way between Riverside Drive and Walnut Street will be closed and all streets crossing this route will be controlled by CPD officers to give right-of-way to the runners from 5 a.m. on Sunday until 5 p.m. for the IRONMAN 70.3 run portion.
There will be several locations where temporary parking restrictions will be in place on Sunday. This includes Riverfront Parkway, Walnut Street, and multiple locations within St Elmo. 'Special Event No Parking' signage are posted where these restrictions are in place.
View CDOT's map of events and road closures for full details of these activities and other projects underway in our public space.