Ironman and 5 other things to do in Walker County this weekend

Chickamauga, GA – Ironman Chattanooga returns to Walker County this weekend, as the bike portion of the triathlon will once again roll through our community.

Downtown Chickamauga is an official viewing area for the bike race.  Ironman runs a free shuttle from Ross’s Landing in Chattanooga to downtown Chickamauga from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., bringing hundreds of visitors to the city.  Also, many of the merchants in downtown Chickamauga will be open and additional food vendors will be setting up shop too.

Here’s a look at where the athletes will be riding, so you can plan ahead to avoid traffic issues.

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Aside from Ironman, here are five other things to do in Walker County this weekend:

Blowing Springs Farm
Sept 27th 10:00am through Oct 27th
271 Chattanooga Valley Rd, Flintstone, GA

All of your favorite fall festivities like hayrides, duck races, pedal carts, oversized yard games, pumpkin painting and an all-new corn maze design featuring the cow train.


Show and Sell
Sept 28th 9:00am – 4:00pm
Rock Springs United Methodist
3477 Peavine Rd, Rock Spring, GA

Handmade Arts and Crafts show with live music, a tractor show, hayrides, fair food, and blow-up fun for the kids.


3rd Annual Jayhawk Music & Arts Festival
Sept 27 & 28
Pigeon Mountain Grill
18381 Highway 193, Chickamauga, GA

Friday Night:
5:00 – 5:45 Mountain Rattle
6:00 – 6:45 Rosewood Grips
7:00 – 7:45 Small Town Rumor
8:00 – 8:45 Matthew Paul Revere
8:45 – 9:30 McGizzle

Saturday Night:
Lynn’s Stage (Inside acoustic)

11:00 Shelby Arey
11:30 Danger Teague
12:00 Winston Wallin
12:30 Meg Nado
1:00 – 1:45 B. Kidd & Jack Endelouz
2:00 – 2:45 ET
3:00 – 3:45 Lars Nagel
4:00 – 4:30 KC Campbell
4:30 – 5:00 Muletide
5:00 – 7:00 New Grass Express
7:00 – 9:00 Marlon & Dewey

Debbie’s Stage (Pavilion)

11:00 – 11:45 Bob Carty
12:00 – 12:45 Josephine’s Glass
1:00 – 1:45 The Ya’ll
2:00 – 2:45 Sweet Ga Brown / Speakers w CAC
3:00 – 3:45 Casey Adams Band
4:00 – 4:45 Roger Alan Wade
5:00 – 6:00 Campbell Station
6:30 – 7:30 David Olney
7:45 – 9:00 The EXLAWS


Free Fishing Day

Georgia Free Fishing Day returns this Saturday, September 28th. On this day, residents do NOT need a fishing license or a trout license to fish on any public waters in the state including lakes, streams, ponds and public fishing areas.

Learn more here: https://georgiawildlife.com/get-involved/nhfday


National Public Lands Day

Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park
Sept 28 at 8:30 a.m.

This year, the focus will be on removing vegetation around the area of historic Camp Demaray.

Ironman 70.3 Event Returns to Walker County This Weekend

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.

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Ironman Foundation and Walker County Team Up to Provide Emergency Resources to Local Community

Tampa, FL/LaFayette, GA – The IRONMAN Foundation® will provide a $160,000 grant over the course of five years to Walker County in advance of the Sunbelt Bakery IRONMAN® 70.3® Chattanooga presented by McKee: A Family Bakery on May 19 and the Little Debbie IRONMAN® Chattanooga presented by McKee: A Family Bakery on September 29. The community grant will help install 40 new fire hydrants in needed locations, providing additional coverage for Walker County first responders to handle emergency situations.

“It is the mission of the IRONMAN Foundation to create positive, tangible impact in our race communities through grant funding and volunteerism,” said Sarah Hartmann, Executive Director of the IRONMAN Foundation. “With this partnership, we are able to directly impact the safety of Walker County residents. We are grateful for the opportunity to work with Walker County and honored to support the community.”

“We are honored and delighted to continue hosting IRONMAN events in Walker County,” said Shannon Whitfield, Walker County Commissioner. “This prestigious and global event provides us with an outstanding opportunity to showcase our beautiful county. We appreciate our IRONMAN partners making this investment in our community.”

IRONMAN athletes will experience the beauty of Walker County as they ride through the area on the bike course for both Little Debbie IRONMAN Chattanooga presented by McKee A Family Bakery and Sunbelt Bakery IRONMAN 70.3 Chattanooga presented by McKee A Family Bakery. This bike course was voted as one of the top 10 courses on both the IRONMAN and IRONMAN 70.3 global circuit in the 2017 and 2018 Athlete Choice Awards.

“IRONMAN provides a valuable economic benefit to Walker County far beyond just this investment,” added Robert Wardlaw, Economic & Community Development Director for Walker County. “We have already enjoyed numerous return visits from previous IRONMAN athletes who eat, shop and stay in Walker County. They have all discovered why Walker Rocks!”

The IRONMAN Foundation Community Fund provides community and volunteerism grant opportunities to non-profit organizations where IRONMAN and Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series® events are held. This year’s grant funding brings the total giveback to more than $633,000 in the Chattanooga and North Georgia regions. In 2019 the IRONMAN Foundation will distribute more than $1.7 million in grant funding to support the needs of IRONMAN race communities across North America.

For more information on IRONMAN and the IRONMAN Foundation, please visit www.ironman.com and www.ironmanfoundation.org.

About Walker County, Georgia

Walker County, GA is part of the thriving Chattanooga, TN-GA MSA, featuring a population of more than 68,000 people.  The county, formed in 1833, is also home to some of the most scenic and stunning outdoor adventure destinations in the Southeast, including Rock City, Lula Lake and Pettyjohn’s Cave.  The county boasts a labor force in excess of 31,000 workers with nearly 39% of local jobs in the service industry. To learn more, visit: walkercountyga.gov and walkerrocks.com.

About the IRONMAN Foundation 

The IRONMAN Foundation® creates positive, tangible change in race communities by engaging athletes and volunteers to participate in programs that demonstrate service through sport and commitment to community. Since 2003, over $50,000,000 has been provided through IRONMAN charitable giveback programs including the IRONMAN Foundation to more than 7,800 local, regional, national and global nonprofit initiatives. Through these partnerships, IRONMAN and Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series athletes are powerfully linked to the community and together we leave the IRONMAN legacy behind in our race communities long after event day. For more information on IRONMAN Foundation programs, including Team IMF, Community Fund, Rock This Town, Your Journey Your Cause, and Women For Tri, visit www.ironmanfoundation.org.

About IRONMAN 

As part of Wanda Sports Holdings, the IRONMAN Group operates a global portfolio of events that includes the IRONMAN® Triathlon Series, the IRONMAN® 70.3® Triathlon Series, 5150™ Triathlon Series, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Series®, Iron Girl®, IRONKIDS®, International Triathlon Union World Triathlon Series races, road cycling events including the UCI Velothon® Series, mountain bike races including the Absa Cape Epic®, premier marathons including the Standard Chartered Singapore Marathon, trail running like Ultra-Trail Australia™, and other multisport races. IRONMAN’s events, together with all other Wanda Sports Holdings events, provide more than a million participants annually the benefits of endurance sports through the company’s vast offerings. The iconic IRONMAN® Series of events is the largest participation sports platform in the world. Since the inception of the IRONMAN® brand in 1978, athletes have proven that ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE® by crossing finish lines at the world’s most challenging endurance races. Beginning as a single race, IRONMAN has grown to become a global sensation with more than 230 events across 53 countries. For more information, visit www.ironman.com.

About Wanda Sports Holdings 

Wanda Sports Holdings is the world’s leading sports business entity, founded to capture the opportunities in the global sports industry and to contribute to the prosperous international sports landscape – in three key areas: 1) Spectator Sports (media & marketing business), 2) Participation Sports (active lifestyle business), 3) Services (digital, production and service business). Wanda Sports Holding incorporates the international sports marketing company Infront Sports & Media, the iconic endurance brand IRONMAN, and Wanda Sports China. The headquarters are in Guangzhou, China.

Ironman 70.3 & Down Home Days Return to Walker County This Weekend

Chickamauga, GA – Thousands of visitors will converge on Walker County this weekend to experience a popular triathlon, along with music, dancing, artisan demonstrations and a car show.

This year’s Ironman 70.3 event will follow Down Home Days in Chickamauga.

The Chickamauga Lions Club kicks off the weekend with the kid friendly festival on Saturday, May 19th. The event begins with a pancake breakfast at 8 a.m. at the Chickamauga Masonic Temple, located at 106 Cove Road. A farmer’s market, yoga at the Gordon Lee Mansion and a cruise-in get underway shortly thereafter.

Down Home Days will also feature nearly 90 vendors lining the streets of downtown Chickamauga. Parades, children’s game and live music highlight the street party, as well. Vendors will be open from 9 a.m. until at least 5 p.m., while entertainment will runs from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Ironman May 2018 CourseAs the sun rises on Sunday, May 20th, thousands of triathletes will test their metal in the Ironman 70.3 competition. The bike course runs through Walker County and residents are encouraged to review the areas that will be impacted while cyclists trek through an area awarded the 2017 Athletes Choice Award for Best Overall Bike course in 2017.

The race begins at 6:50 a.m. in Chattanooga, but race organizers warn roads in Walker County along the course could encounter delays between 5 a.m. and 1 p.m. The areas at greatest risk of delays are Hwy. 193 at Hwy. 341, Hwy. 136 at Hwy. 193 and Hwy. 136 at Hwy. 341.

Ironman Best Bike CourseWalker County residents interested in watching the race are encouraged to line the streets of downtown Chickamauga, where the first cyclists are expected to start passing through around 10 a.m.

FAST FACT: Did you know, nearly 30 Walker County residents competed in an Ironman Chattanooga event last year? That’s nearly three times as many local competitors since 2015!