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77º | 47% chance of precipitation
Sunrise 6:36 a.m. | Sunset 8:38 p.m.

 
Get through the Ironman weekend swimmingly
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Over 1,700 athletes from around the world will participate in this weekend’s event. | Photo provided by Chattanooga Tourism Co.
It’s that time of year again — the Ironman 70.3 weekend is here. As the Scenic City gets ready to welcome athletes and supporters from across the globe, we’re here to share the need-to-know information if you’re looking to participate in the festivities or avoid the crowds.

The event + the numbers

  • Participants will swim 1.4 miles down the Tennessee River, bike a 56-mile course into Northern Georgia + run 13.1 miles through downtown Chattanooga.
  • The athletes’ ages range from 18 to 81.

Where to watch

Folks can cheer on the athletes at several designated spectator zones along the courses. You can also support the participants by watching the live broadcast and more.

Pro tip: Download the interactive Ironman Athlete Tracker App so you can follow the athletes in real time.

NOOGAtoday | IRONMAN

Good luck to all the athletes participating in this year’s event.

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Photo provided by Chattanooga Tourism Co.

Traffic + closures

These roads will be closed today at 9 a.m. through Monday, May 20 at 5 a.m.:
  • Riverfront Parkway (between Aquarium Way + Molly Lane)
  • Chestnut Street (between Aquarium Way + Riverfront Parkway)
  • Power Alley (from the parking lot to Riverfront Parkway)
  • Southbound Veterans Bridge ramp to Riverside Drive
Expect several other closures and detours during the race times on Sunday. Police will be on-site directing traffic.

Note: Watch for parking restrictions around these areas that will be in effect from Saturday, May 18 at 6 p.m. to Sunday, May 19 at 8 p.m.

Avoid the crowds

On Sunday, you’ll want to avoid the areas along the Tennessee River (think: Riverside Drive, the Riverwalk, Ross’s Landing, and Barton Avenue). The bike race travels through NorthShore to northern Georgia, so expect crowds in the St. Elmo area as well.

We recommend spending the day in Hixson, East Ridge, or Brainerd. Looking for dinner plans? Side Track Restaurant is one of our favorite hidden gems tucked away on Hixson Pike.
 
 
Events
 
Wednesday, May 15
  • Habits to Build a Healthy Home | Wednesday, May 15 | 6-7:30 p.m. | The Chattery, 1800 Rossville Ave., Chattanooga | $17.85 | Discuss how to create simple habits around how you eat, move, and rest with local holistic practitioner Dr. Collins.
  • August Burns Red | Wednesday, May 15 | 7:30-11:59 p.m. | The Signal, 21 Choo Choo Ave., Chattanooga | $25-$63.63 | Get ready to mosh with this metalcore band and opening acts Fuming Mouth + Sunmancer.
Thursday, May 16
  • Business Brews | Thursday, May 16 | 5:30-7 p.m. | Wanderlinger Brewing Co., 1208 King St., Chattanooga | Free+, RSVP | Expand your personal network while enjoying two-for-one drink specials, a popcorn bar, and themed trivia.
Friday, May 17
  • National Bike to Work Day Celebration | Friday, May 17 | 7-10:30 a.m. | Miller Park, 928 Market St., Chattanooga | Free | Pick up a free 24-hour pass from Bike Chattanooga + enjoy coffee and meeting local bicycle organizations.
  • Boldly Taking Up Space: Southeast Scope | Friday, May 17 | 6-8 p.m. | ClearStory Arts Gallery, 1673 S. Holtzclaw Ave., Chattanooga | Free, RSVP | Experience the voices, visions, and expressions of 14 women + non-binary artists in this new art exhibition.
  • Interactive Movie Night | Friday, May 17 | 7:30-9:30 p.m. | Barking Legs Theater, 1307 Dodds Ave., Chattanooga | $15-$20 | See the cult comedy classic “Spaceballs” and play along with a prop bag.
Saturday, May 18
  • Self-care Day | Saturday, May 18 | 9 a.m.-5 p.m. | wHydrate, 218 Manufacturers Rd., Chattanooga | Free+ | Take a self-care day with free yoga classes, giveaways, complimentary B12 injections, and more from this local medical spa.
  • May Flower Fun Day | Saturday, May 18 | 11 a.m.-4 p.m. | Greenway Farms, 5051 Gann Store Rd., Hixson | Free | Bring the family for a day of shopping, food, a hula hoop contest, and kid-friendly activities.
  • Spring Party | Saturday, May 18 | 6 p.m. | The Pines, 6053 Browntown Rd., Chattanooga | $89.45 | Join Wine Theory and Pizzeria Cortile (NOOGAtoday’s pizza bracket winner) for a casual evening of food and wine.
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News Notes
 
Closing
  • Local NorthShore eatery Food Works has announced it will close permanently after brunch on Sunday, May 26, after 18 years of operation. In the announcement on Instagram, the team cited inflated product and labor costs + rent increases as the reasons for the closure.
Traffic
  • An emergency closure has been implemented at Dorris Street (between Workman Road and 42nd Street) due to a forming sinkhole + the installation of bypass pumps to repair a collapsed sewer main. The closure is expected to last through Friday, May 17.
Biz
  • Chattanooga Brewing Co. is hopping over from Southside to the West Village, relocating its facility to 730 Chestnut St. Folks can still enjoy the current location at 1804 Chestnut St. now through Wednesday, May 22. Note: Stay tuned for the opening date of the new space.
Outdoors
  • Grab your towels, because the opening weekend of Nooga Splash is set for Saturday, May 18. Located at Chester Frost Park Beach, this floating water park is open to all ages until Saturday, Sept. 28. Bonus: New to the park this year are the “Water Wheel,” “Tilting Saturn” + “Kiddie Splash.”
Edu
  • NASA has given UTC researchers the Research Initiation Award (RIA), a first for the university. The two-year RIA allows foundational work to be done on projects for NASA’s competitive grant program, ROSES. UTC is working on a project titled “Remote Sensing of Water Quality in the Tennessee River.” (University of Tennessee Chattanooga)
Network
  • The Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce is seeking vendors for its Small Business Expo on Wednesday, May 22 at the Waterhouse Pavilion from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The expo will feature a free lunch + a chance to connect with other business owners. Note: The event is free to attend.
Health
Try This
  • Ready for your next girlfriends getaway? Enter: Clarksville, TN — a charming river city brimming with Instagram-worthy destinations. From adorable Airbnbs and fun group activities to upscale eateries and shopping galore, there’s something fun for all the ladies. See our picture-perfect recs.*
Home
  • Did you know you could finance your fixer-upper with home equity? You could get up to $50K with a HELOC — calculate your payment.*
Wellness
  • Cornbread Hemp’s CBD Sleep Gummies are available in two strengths and made with high-quality USDA organic CBD extract. Get 30% off with code CBDSLEEP30.*
 
 
Read
 
🚏 We’ve got a fare-y tale for you
The outside of a CARTA bus traveling on a street.
Next stop: Chattanooga Public Library. | Photo by NOOGAtoday
The Chattanooga Public Library’s “Make. Play. Read. Learn.” program is getting a new incentive, thanks to a partnership with CARTA. Enter: Read & Ride bus passes.

These passes will be available to K-12th graders who sign up for the summer reading challenge, which is happening from Saturday, June 1 through Saturday, July 20. Not only will students be able to ride to the library for free, but these passes will get you access to rides all over the city.

Pro tip: Get acquainted with CARTA’s routes + schedules.

The bus passes will be available for pick up starting Monday, May 27 at all library branches + will be valid from the start of the challenge through Wednesday, July 31.

Note: Passes for K-5th graders include fare for an accompanying adult.
 
The Buy
 
Graduation gifts. Celebrate the end of the school year with graduation gifts for the recent grad in your life.
 
Answered
 
Did you see the Northern Lights in Chattanooga?

In case you missed it, the Scenic City had quite the phenomenon take over our skies last weekend. Here are some views form our followers.

3 photos of the Northern Lights in Chattanooga with pink and purple hues

Residents got a rare sighting of the Northern Lights during a geomagnetic storm.

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Photos by Patrick C., Kylee Grace H. + Lucas D.

 
 
The Wrap
 
Haley Bartlett.png Today’s edition by:
Haley
From the editor
Well folks, it looks like I’m going to have to go to Food Works this weekend for one last brunch — this spot has welcome almost every guest I’ve had in town, and I will definitely miss the brunch nachos and mimosa deals.
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