Last weekend was the inaugural Ironman 70.3 Chattanooga and also my third race at the distance. Up until this race I would have suggested anyone looking for a great half iron distance race to consider Augusta. After racing Chattanooga I’d have to defer to this one! (Not that Augusta doesn’t remain an awesome race) The town itself is perfect for the race. There are a ton of good hotel options that are walkable to the Ironman village and transition. There are also a lot of restaurants in the downtown area that make dining easy in the days leading up to the race. I had some delicious BBQ on the Friday I arrived.