Chickamauga, GA – Walker County welcomes over 3,800 athletes to the area for this Sunday’s IRONMAN 70.3 event.
A majority of the 56-mile bicycle portion of the triathlon will once again trek through Walker County. Cyclists will enter Walker County on Highway 193, where a new “Walker County Welcomes You” sign will greet them.
Athletes will soak in some incredible views as they travel about 18 miles south before cutting across Andrews Lane to get to Hog Jowl Road. They will then pedal another 12 miles up Cove Road/Highway 341 until reaching downtown Chickamauga, where family, friends and other spectators will line the streets and sidewalks to greet them.
After leaving Chickamauga by way of Chickamauga Road, IRONMAN competitors will reconnect with Highway 193 and navigate back into Chattanooga.
The race begins with the swimming portion at 6:50 a.m. The first athlete is expected to reach the finish line by 10:30 a.m. Spectators wanting to watch the bicycle portion from downtown Chickamauga should be in place prior to 10:00 a.m. to see the first group ride through.
Last month, the IRONMAN Foundation announced a $160,000 grant to help install 40 new fire hydrants in needed locations. The community investment will provide additional coverage for Walker County first responders to handle emergency situations.
Chickamauga, GA – Imagine a summer filled with camping, hiking, fishing and watersports with some music, movies and good eats mixed in. The newly launched Walker Rocks Outdoor Series blends these experiences to make some of Walker County’s leading outdoor attractions more accessible to the general public.
The series kicks off with the Family Campout at Mountain Cove Farms (994 Dougherty Gap Road, Chickamauga) on Saturday, May 25th. Load up your vehicle and head to the Cove for an afternoon of campground music and field day style games, like three-legged races, sack races and kickball. Campers can also relax by the campfire while making s’mores and catch a special showing of the 80’s adventure movie The Goonies.
“This is a family friendly event that offers a unique opportunity for parents with young children to try out camping and see what it’s like to sleep outdoors,” said Lacey Wilson, Chamber President. “We also see this as a staycation of sorts for folks looking for something unique to do with their family over the holiday weekend.”
Set up for tent camping begins at 2:00 p.m. A vehicle parking pass gets you inside for all activities. The cost is just $5 per vehicle in advance online at walkerrocks.com or $10 cash the day of the event. Food, drinks and popcorn will also be available on site to purchase.
The Walker Rocks Outdoor Series continues later this summer with the following events:
- Family Camp Out at Mountain Cove Farms on May 25
- Kayak & Canoe Day at Lee & Gordon’s Mill on June 22
- Trivia Scavenger Hunt at Lula Lake on July 13
- Dive-in Movie and Such at Queen City Lake on August 17
- Fright Night Camp Out at Magnolia Pines on September 13
- Duck Pond Rodeo at the Rossville Duck Pond – TBA