Liz Lyles Claims Chattanooga IRONMAN Victory

09/25/2017 - 19:52

littledebbie.jpgCHATTANOOGA, TN (Sept. 24) - Chattanooga provided a beautiful backdrop for athletes from around the world at the 2017 Little Debbie IRONMAN(r) Chattanooga triathlon presented by McKee a Family Bakery.

Liz Lyles (USA) of Reno, Nevada took the top honors with a finishing time of 9:05:33. Lyles took the title after a dominating performance, finishing over twenty minutes ahead of Kim Schwabenbauer (USA), of Knox, PA, who claimed a second place finish with a time of 9:28:46. Jessica Donavan (USA) rounded out the podium in third place with a time of 9:31:49.

Fourth and fifth went to Kelly Williamson (USA) in 9:33:41 and Kelly Fillnow (USA) IN 9:40:05.

The 2017 Little Debbie IRONMAN Chattanooga presented by McKee A Family Bakery triathlon saw more than 2,100 athletes representing 37 countries and 48 states start the race. Competitors ranged in age from 18-80 years old. One of more than 40 events in the global IRONMAN Series, the IRONMAN Chattanooga triathlon led athletes along a 2.4-mile swim, 116-mile bike and 26.2-mile run throughout Chattanooga presented by McKee A Family Bakery and its surrounding areas. The swim takes place in the Tennessee River, while the two-loop bike course winds through North Georgia with scenic farmland and mountain views. Athletes then enjoy a two-loop run course that showcases beautiful downtown Chattanooga, The Tennessee Riverwalk and Riverfront Parkway. The event offers a total professional woman prize purse of $40,000 and 40 coveted age-group qualifying slots to the 2018 IRONMAN World Championship, taking place on October 13 in Kailua-Kona, Hawai`i.

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