IRONMAN picks Chattanooga as a finalist for their World Championships
The IRONMAN World Championships may be returning to Chattanooga.
IRONMAN announced today that Chattanooga is one of two cities being considered for the 2021 IRONMAN World Championships.
If Chattanooga is chosen, the Scenic City would be the first city ever to host the event twice.
— IRONMAN Triathlon (@IRONMANtri) March 21, 2019
The World Championships rotates every year to a different destination. The next two years will be in France and New Zealand.
The committee has chosen to return to the United States the following year, targeting Chattanooga as one of the possible locations.
When Chattanooga hosted the worlds in 2017, an estimated 22 million dollars directly from the race, according to the Convention and Visitors’ Bureau.
Chattanooga Sports Committee President Tim Morgan told us “Just to be named a finalist is a testament to our community. They understand the beautiful community that we have. What they’ve really seen is the strength of the people in the community and how we all come together as one team to help define the success of this international world championship.”
Morgan estimates 5,000 athletes from all over the world would participate in the race. St. George, Utah is the other city in consideration.