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Naeth and Hanson Charge in Chattanooga

Taking their first IRONMAN Championship titles, Angela Naeth and Matt Hanson dominated at the inaugural Little Debbie IRONMAN Chattanooga to benefit the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America.

by Kevin Mackinnon

Chattanooga IronmanThanks to a speedy downstream swim, all of the  2,327 competitors who started the inaugural Little Debbie IRONMAN Chattanooga to benefit the Crohns and Colitis Foundation of America finished the first leg of the race, setting up what turned out to be a fantastic day of racing that included first-time wins for the overall men’s and women’s champions.

Naeth dominates

In just her third full-distance event, Canadian Angela Naeth arrived in Chattanooga as the woman to beat thanks to her impressive record that includes almost a dozen IRONMAN 70.3 titles. Naeth narrowly missed qualifying for this year’s IRONMAN World Championship, so a big race here in Chattanooga would serve as a good start in her hunt for a spot on the Kona start line in 2015.

Naeth struggled early in the swim thanks to goggle issues, but there’s little chance that she would have kept up with super-swimmer Anna Cleaver, a New Zealand native who makes Chattanooga her home these days. Cleaver’s 39:56 swim (we did mention it was downstream, right?) put her 1:43 ahead of a group of that included Americans Kathryn Thomas, Christine Hammond, Kaitlin Anelauskas, Malaika Homo, Rebeccah and Laurel Wassner, along with Germany’s Nina Kraft.

Chattanooga IronmanNaeth was over five minutes back as she started the bike, but quickly moved towards the front. Cleaver lead for the first 70 miles, but Naeth would steadily gain time and, by the 75-mile timing point, was about 20 seconds ahead of the Kiwi. By the end of the bike the lead has grown to 12 minutes, making the race very much Naeth’s to lose.

The Canadian, who now lives in Las Vegas, has struggled with nutrition issues in her two previous full-distance efforts, but today there were none of those problems as she cruised through a 3:15 marathon for a sub-9 clocking of 8:54:55. Behind her there was an interesting battle for the rest of the podium as Ruth Brennan Murray, a former collegiate soccer player and marathon runner, flew through the run (3:02:55 split) to take second in 9:09:39, while Jennie Hansen ran her way to third. Laurel Wassner also managed to get past Cleaver, finishing fourth while the hometown hero had to settle with fifth.

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Hanson handles the field

The men’s swim was dominated by Americans Barrett Brandon (38:06) and Eric Limkemann (38:10), who came out of the water 2:16 ahead of a huge group of 18. Limkemann would quickly pass Brandon on the bike and stay ahead of the rest of the field for the duration of the bike. Behind him a big group formed and only Canadian Trevor Wurtele was able to ride himself clear.

Limkemann was first to T2, starting the run just over six minutes ahead of Wurtele and about eight minutes up on a group of 10 that included the fast-running Hanson.

Hanson turned pro late in 2013—his first professional race was in Arizona last year, just over a month after he’d posted the fastest amateur run split at the IRONMAN World Championship (2:53). Since turning pro he’s set the marathon record at Memorial Hermann IRONMAN Texas and IRONMAN Coeur d’Alene (2:41 and 2:42), so it came as no surprise that he would run his way towards the front of the race. Screaming through 5:45 miles through the first eight miles of the run, Hanson quickly passed Wurtele and Limkemann and never looked back thanks to his 2:47 marathon split on the hilly course here in Chattanooga.

IRONMAN Wisconsin champ Daniel Bretscher managed to run his way to the runner-up position, while Wurtele also got past Limkemann to round out the podium. After beating Limkemann out of the water, swim leader Brandon moved into fourth in the last mile, relegating Limkemann to fifth.

Photos: Nils Nilsen

Top 5 Pro Men

1 Matt Hanson USA 8:12:32
2 Daniel Bretscher USA 8:19:05
3 Trevor Wurtele CAN 8:22:00
4 Barrett Brandon USA 8:24:19
5 Eric Limkemann USA 8:25:50

Top 5 Pro Men

1 Angela Naeth CAN 8:54:55
2 Ruth Brennan Morrey USA 9:09:39
3 Jennie Hansen USA 9:12:37
4 Laurel Wassner USA 9:14:10
5 Anna Cleaver NZL 9:24:12

Inaugural IRONMAN Race Coming to Chattanooga

Inaugural Ironman coming to Chattanooga - Sandy Battle Real Estate

We are very excited here in Chattanooga! Our fair city has been selected to host the eleventh race in the U.S. IRONMAN series. As a runner I am particularly excited to see this type of event come to our city. Not only will it promote fitness and health but it will also provide an economic boost for Chattanooga.

This from  The inaugural IRONMAN Chattanooga will take place on Sunday, September 28, 2014.  The Southeastern U.S. has been steadily growing its love for multi-sport and, today, IRONMAN announces Chattanooga, Tennessee as the site of the eleventh race in the IRONMAN U.S. Series. The event will showcase the city’s dramatic landscapes and idyllic weather.

“We selected Chattanooga as it is a beautiful city and a premier outdoor sports destination. We are thrilled to bring IRONMAN here and to partner with the city to deliver a top level event,” says Andrew Messick, Chief Executive Officer of IRONMAN.

Inaugural Ironman coming to Chattanooga - Sandy Battle Real Estate

IRONMAN Chattanooga will begin with a single-loop, 2.4-mile swim in the Tennessee River with ample spectator vantage points alongside the city’s famous Riverwalk. Athletes can look forward to fast splits on a downstream course. The bike will be a two-loop, 56-mile course with scenic farmland and mountain views. The two-and-a-half loop 26.2-mile run course will showcase beautiful downtown Chattanooga, the South Side, Riverview and the North Shore. Athletes can expect a fast, rolling course.
According to Chattanooga mayor Andy Berke, the city is already home to a thriving athletic community. “Chattanooga was a natural fit for this event,” he says, adding that the race will introduce the city to a whole new breed of athletes. Berke says he looks forward to seeing how the IRONMAN event grows over the next few years as it builds upon the city’s reputation as an outdoor adventure destination. read more>>>

Chattanooga Attracts Successful L.A. Interior Designer Michelle Workman

I always knew Chattanooga was a fabulous place to live…suddenly the stylish people of L.A. are figuring it out too! Take a look at this article in the Chattanooga Times Free Press; “Suddenly Southern: L.A. interior designer moves family to Chattanooga for different life.”

Michelle Workman, a successful L.A. interior designer wanted to give her family a different (better) life! She says; “There’s so many reasons why I love it here,” she says, sitting in a booth at Public House Restaurant during a recent house-hunting visit to Chattanooga. “Firstly, the housing cost is amazing. You’ve got great public and private schools. There’s so many parks and outdoor activities. And the people are so nice — that’s actually what convinced my husband to move here.”

I knew all of that and that is why I live in and love Chattanooga! Welcome to Chattanooga Workman family!!

Click on the picture to read the article at Chattanooga Times Free Press:

Michele Workman Interior Designer relocates to Chattanooga

Chattanooga Real Estate Continues to Blossom

During the Real Estate crisis of the past few years, Chattanooga has been able to weather the storm. This is partly due to the moderate climate and lower cost of living associated with this beautiful vibrant city. In fact, Chattanooga has been voted as one of the top ten mid sized cities in America. Sandy Battles Real Estate Southside Chattanooga TNHome values in many areas didn’t fall in value when compared to other mid sized cities, and indeed, sales have been climbing in recent months. In the month of August 2012, sales are up approximately eight percent over the same month last year.

Sandy Battles Real Estate Listing 1467 Market St Southside ChattanoogaThere are several “hot spots” near the city and one of my favorites is the “ Southside”. The Southside District features Finley Stadium and a newly announced “City Center”, new restaurants and a micro brewery. Also, enhancing the Southside is the extension of our renowned Riverwalk.  It is scheduled for completion in 2014. Sandy Battles Real Estate listings near Riverwalk in Chattanooga TN

This Riverwalk extension will connect another of our Historic Districts with walking trails, hiking trails, all along the Tennessee River front which further connects to the downtown area. This is one more reason that home values continue to remain steady and are escalating in this beautiful city.

Chattanooga Is the City of Choice for Outdoor Enthusiasts

The city of Chattanooga and its extremely supportive community welcome national outdoor events on an annual basis. These include nationally acclaimed bike races, dragon boat races, rowing competitions, Olympic distance Triathlons, Golf Tournaments, Mountain Climbing, Rock Climbing and Running Events.Sandy Battles Realtor Blogs on River Rocks Festival in Chattanooga

In addition to these annual events, Chattanooga will host the 3rd Annual River Rocks Festival. This 10 day event beginning on October 6th, 2012 celebrates the majesty of the area’s mountains, rivers and forests by holding many of the festival’s events in some of the Tennessee Valley’s unsurpassed parks and conservancies. These natural resources inspire the kind of outdoor activities that promote healthy lifestyles.

Sandy Battles Realtor Blogs on River Rocks Festival in ChattanoogaEvents and activities include rock climbing, trail running, kayaking, rowing, cycling, off-road biking, hiking and hang gliding for both expert and novice competitors as well as casual participants of all ages. The 10-day event will also feature entertainment such as live music, hot air balloons, river cruises and more.Sandy Battles Realtor Blogs on River Rocks Festival in Chattanooga




As an avid runner and triathlete, I always look forward to these specific outdoor events, throughout the year, there is always an activity that Chattanooga promotes…it’s no wonder, Chattanooga has been selected as one of America’s most popular mid-sized cities.