Ironman U.S. Series 2015 is just around the corner
"We have approximately 2,400 athletes who will go into the water early Sunday morning. We expect about 10,000 people into Chattanooga," said Bob Doak, President & CEO of Chattanooga Area Convention & Visitors Bureau.
This is Chattanooga’s second year hosting a 2.4-mile swim in the Tennessee River and the 26.2-mile run course, showcasing the beautiful downtown area, the south side, Riverview and the North Shore.
"We are very much looking forward to showcasing our city. Not only to participants but this is showcased around the world," said Doak.
The Ironman U.S. Series also adds to the economic growth of Chattanooga, attracting tourists and plenty of business, "The estimated economic impact is $12 million, which means that is what will be left directly by visitors to our city."
This is year two of a five-year deal Chattanooga has with the Ironman U.S. Series, which organizers say they hope will continue even past 2018. "It’s a very special thing to say, you are an Ironman," said Doak.