Chattanooga Waterfront Triathlon

Date Sunday, June 25 2017
LocationChattanooga, Tennessee
  • Intermediate - 1.5k Swim | 40k Bike | 10k Run
  • Sprint - 400m Swim | 20k Bike | 5k Run

Course Detail


Due to ongoing construction on the bike course we have been using since 2008, for racer safety we must change the course for 2017. With the bike course change, the run course will also change to the newest greenway along the Chattanooga River, heading in the opposite direction from past years. The swim start and finish remain the same for both races.

Find online maps below and look for PDF maps with more detail soon!



The main staging area is on the two lawns at the corner of Chestnut Street and Riverfront Parkway. The finish line is on Riverfront Parkway between the river and the transition area.

The race transition area is organized based on your assigned race number. The bike racks are marked by ranges of "7" numbers, beginning with 1 through 7 and so on. Bikes do not have to be racked in numerical order ON the rack, but must be placed on the rack designated for your race number range.

> Map coming soon for bike to run transition flow

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Swim Course
The distance for Intermediate Swim Course is a 1.5k point-to-point in the Tennessee River. The swim will go with the current. Shuttles will take athletes from the main staging area to the University of Tennessee Chattanooga Rowing Center. The shuttles will leave from the corner of Chestnut and Riverfront Parkway, adjacent to the race transition area.  

The Sprint Swim Course is 400 meters or 0.25 miles beginning at the boat dock under the Market Street Bridge.  It is also a point-to-point down river swim, finishing in the same location as the intermediate distance, just before the City Pier.  The start for the sprint is walking distance from theTransition Area.  

A bag drop will be available at both swim starts for you to leave personal belongings.  These items must be in the bag provided to you at packet pick up, clearly marked with your name and race bib number.  These items will be available for pick up in the Transition Area at the conclusion of your race. 

Swim Start Information:
The swim for both distances will be conducted in a time-trial fashion with individuals starting the race at approximately 3 second intervals, based on race number, with racer number 1 being the first racer / non-relay racer. Race numbers are assigned based on estimated swim time for 1.5k for the intermediate or 400 meter for the sprint distance. 

There will be no moving up in swim order on race day. Pre-register by the Wednesday night before the race to get a spot in the swim order!!!! All registrants after that time will have the UPPER numbers and be starting at the rear, sorry, no exceptions.

Swim Exit Information / Swim to Bike Transition:  
There will be steps in the water and volunteers at the swim exit to assist you.  Racers will exit the water and run up the stairs to cross Riverfront Parkway to enter the Transition Area at the corner of Riverfront Parkway and Chestnut Street.   

Water Safety:  We will have plenty of support during the swim.  SHOULD YOU REQUIRE ASSISTANCE ON THE SWIM AND TAKE A LIFE PRESERVER FROM THE WATER VOLUNTEERS, PLEASE RETURN IT TO THE FOOD TENT IN THE POST RACE AREA. Note:  If you DO use a flotation device to MOVE FORWARD, you may finish the race but you will be ineligible for an award.

USA Triathlon Wet Suit Rules:
Article 4.4: Each age group participant shall be permitted to wear a wet suit without penalty in any event sanctioned by USA Triathlon up to and including a water temperature of 78 degrees Fahrenheit.

When the water temperature is greater than 78 degrees, but less than 84 degrees Fahrenheit, age group participants may wear a wet suit at their own discretion, provided however that participants who wear a wet suit within this temperature range shall not be eligible for prizes or awards.


The water temperature is expected to be somewhere close to 28 °C / 82 °F, which means it is NOT wetsuit legal. Feel free to bring a wetsuit just in case we dip below 78 °F!  We will announce the official water temperature at the pre-start meeting.  


Bike Course
The sprint bike course is 20k out and back on Riverside Drive and Amnicola Hwy. The intermediate course is two loops of the sprint course. New course for 2017!

NOTE: There will NOT be a bottle drop. Please come prepared. 


Run Course
Both courses are out-and-back courses on the newest section of Tennessee Riverwalk. Water stations will be located approximately every mile and in the transition area.

New courses for 2017!

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