Sunday, December 15 2013, 07:07 PM EST
Ironman Already Helping Area Business
Iornman Chattanooga is more than 9 months away. That may sound like a long time unless you're planning for or racing in this event. There will be thousands of visitors in the Scenic City and millions of dollars for the local economy.
"This event will have 25 hundred athletes. They will bring in their family and friends,” Steve Meckfessel said. "They'll come in not just event weekend, but throughout the summer and the spring when the weather turns nice. We expect over 10-thousand room nights on event weekend."
With all those people bringing all of those dollars organizers have a lot of work to do.
"We have a big job ahead of us to pull together the logistics of 140.6 miles," Meckfessel told us.
They're meeting with local leaders, finding corporate sponsors, and they need a lot of volunteers. They're looking for about 2,500 of them.
"It doesn't really matter if you are a passionate ultra-triathlon athlete or if you're a couch potato,” Tim Morgan of The Chattanooga Sports Committee said. “If you want to be associated with a wonderful event we could use you."
"We're going to have a spectacular event,” Meckfessel told us. “I know the people of Chattanooga are going to pull together and help us in that regard."
By Josh Roe
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