Ironman Chattanooga - Road Running Section

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This is one of the best marathon courses in the nation. A perfect blend of gradual, rolling hills and priceless views of the scenic city.

Written by

Fynn Glover


26.2 miles

Destination Distance From Downtown

3.7 miles


5 of 5 diamonds

Time To Complete

4 hours

3-6 hours


All Seasons

Dog Friendly


Yes, unless racing

Fees Permits


None, unless racing



The 2014 Iron Man was held in Chattanooga, and this was the event's fantastic marathon portion of the course. The run has a total ascent of about 600 ft. and has a maximum elevation of 820 ft. 

What Makes It Great

Starting from downtown on Chattanooga's beautiful riverfront, runners will cross the Walnut Street Bridge (one of the longest pedestrian bridges in the world). This is one of the best stretches of the course, allowing runners to take in some of Chattanooga's most fantastic views of Lookout Mountain, Stringer's Ridge, the Hunter Art Museum, and the city's burgeoning North Shore District. And then it's into the hills of North Chattanooga. This section is suburban, taking runners through the nice neighborhoods of Hill City. The course then winds through Hixson Pike and eventually loops back on itself, carrying runners back downtown, where they will circle the downtown perimeter, before finishing at Chattanooga's world famous Tennessee Aquarium. 

Who is Going to Love It

Aspiring Ironmen (or women) will love the chance to run on an official Ironman course. It also makes a great long run around the Riverfront and downtown Chattanooga.

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

For a more detailed set of directions, check out the course map.


Ironman Chattanooga Running Section

Chattanooga, TN, 37405
35.056005, -85.312885

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