IRONMAN announces big plans for Chattanooga in 2017
"We think it is going to be very very powerful to be able to showcase this extraordinary city," said IRONMAN CEO, Andrew Messick, who announced the big decision in front of thousands Tuesday afternoon, "How could you not put it in the best town ever?"
The championship race will be a two-day event with the professional and age-group women racing Saturday Sept. 9th and the professional and age-group men racing Sunday Sept. 10th, 2017.
"Last year that event was held in Canada. In 2015 it was in Austria, 2016 it’ll be in Australia, 2017 Chattanooga, TN," said Bob Doak, President & CEO of Chattanooga Convention & Visitors Bureau, "Having them here will help to bring other groups and events into this community."
Every year IRONMAN offers a billion dollar economic boost for Chattanooga, to the number of jobs, to tax collections, to the number of hotel rooms sold; and 2017 won’t be any different.
"Events like IRONMAN further enhance the brand of our community and we believe it’s a great partnership we have with them," said Doak. This will be the first time since 2013 the World Championship will be held in the United States.