Chattanooga Makes Champions
Sporting events are back with a kick this fall starting with some of your favorite Chattanooga sporting events!
Little Debbie Ironman | Sept. 26, 2021
Test yourself by becoming a Chattanooga IRONMAN: a long-distance triathlon consisting of a 2.4-mile swim in the Tennessee River, a 116-mile bike course with two loops in North Georgia (giving you amazing views of Lookout Mountain and historic Chickamauga), and ending with a marathon of 26.2 miles with stunning views of downtown Chattanooga, the Riverwalk, Veterans and Walnut Street bridges, the NorthShore District and Ross’s Landing.
Head of the Hooch | Nov. 6-7, 2021
One of the largest rowing regattas in the U.S., the Head of the Hooch hosts more than 5,100 competitors ages 14-89 representing 29 states and countries such as Germany, Sweden, and Australia. The regatta is a 3.1-mile course down the Tennessee River, passing by the Riverfront District, Bluff View Art District, Tennessee Aquarium, and Hunter Museum of American Art. Not competing? Watch the race from above as the boats go under the Veterans, Walnut Street, and Market Street bridges. The fall leaves are usually nearing peak color, and the early morning misty river makes for spectacular photos.
Erlanger Chattanooga Marathon | Nov. 12-14, 2021
The Erlanger Chattanooga Marathon is a locally owned and operated, not-for-profit race consisting of a marathon, half marathon, relay, 5k, and the Kids Fun Run. The course showcases what makes Chattanooga the best outdoor city in Tennessee from the river to the hills and mountain views. The weekend begins with an expo at First Horizon Pavilion, where you can interact with athletes, spectators, volunteers, and vendors. It is a perfect opportunity to be involved in the festivities and the marathon weekend, but don’t take it from just us.
“This was my first full, and it was an amazing experience! Something I’ll never forget. The atmosphere, the people running, the volunteers. Everything was great. I really appreciate everyone who worked in any way to put this amazing race together,” said Mike Norris, who competed in the full. “There will be other marathons for me but never one as special as this, my first. Congratulations to all the runners in the full, relay and half races. I finished with a time of 4:29:15. Off my mark, but I couldn’t be happier!"
If you’re not trained up to join Mike this fall, consider putting March 4-6, 2022, on your racing calendar. The race returns to its usual March schedule after the pandemic pushed the 2021 iteration into fall.
Whether you are a kid or adult, Chattanooga is the place for champions and the championship experience. It doesn’t matter if you’re competing, tagging along, or just in town around the same time — you’ll want to get to know our city of nature and wonder. Enjoy our eclectic restaurant scene, uncover the beauty of Rock City and Ruby Falls, try something new at Highpoint Climbing and Fitness or just chill and enjoy the view from one of 10,000 hotels rooms available downtown. But when the championship games are in motion, we’ve got the best venues to take in all the action.
TSSAA Girls Soccer State Championships | Oct. 27-30, 2021
The top 32 girls high school soccer teams from five divisions across the state will be traveling to Chattanooga this October to compete in the TSSAA GirlsSoccer State Championships! We will be using venues from around town including The Baylor School, Girls Preparatory School, and Chattanooga Christian School. All championship games will be at CHI Memorial Stadium in East Ridge, giving these students the opportunity to play in the only soccer-specific stadium in the state (home to professional team Chattanooga Red Wolves Soccer Club).
BlueCross Bowl | Dec. 2-4, 2021
Come out this December to cheer on 18 Of Tennessee’sfinest football teams from nine divisions across the state as we host the TSSAA Football BlueCross Bowl at FinelyStadium (where the Mocs and Chattanooga Football Club play). The facility houses 22,000 seats and 32 luxury skyboxes. Hang out at First Horizon Pavilion to enjoy a fan experience of a lifetime including vendors, team celebrations, and pregame festivities.