Ironman 70.3

Chattanooga (WDEF) –  A 1.2 mile swim, a 56 mile bike ride and a 13.1 mile run, all without a break!

It adds up to the 70.3 in the name for the new Ironman event held Sunday in Chattanooga.

Competitors from across the country came to the scenic city and WDEF News 12’s Andy Santoro was there to capture the excitement.

He did it in three hours and forty nine minutes

That’s race winner Andy Potts, professional athlete and 2007 Ironman 70.3 world record holder.

The first ever Ironman 70.3 Chattanooga race was held Sunday and the fastest woman of the race shares what her thoughts were of the competition.

"The race went smooth. It went great. I just felt really good. And when I hit the run I just had the run and everything just came together."

Clifford enjoyed a little post celebration indulgence.

"I actually just ate McDonalds. And I had an orange soda along with that glucose low."

Racers came from across the country to compete in the event sponsored by Sunbelt Bakeries.

And those from out of town had the same things to say about the scenic city and the event.

"It was really a pretty race. I liked the hills I liked how scenic it was."

"The volunteers rocked today. They’re amazing. Your town is so welcoming to all of us and we really appreciate us."

Lowden made the trek from South Carolina with his grandson.

He shares why he still runs as a grandparent.

"when you’re in your sixties, you really do hope to set a good example and live a healthy active lifestyle and have some fun."

The full Ironman will be here in Chattanooga in September.

In Chattanooga, Andy Santoro WDEF News 12.

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