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Chattahoochee Challenge Half Distance Triathlon ~ Results

Race Details

Chattahoochee Challenge Half Distance Triathlon

: Swim 1.2 Miles, Bike 56 Miles, Run 13.1 Miles
Race Date: Saturday, April 21, 2012
Start Time: 7.00 AM
Entry Fee: 165 early bird
Location: Downtown Columbus GA/Fort Benning
Address: 801 Front St
City/State/Zip: Columbus, Georgia 31901
Country: USA
Race Website:

On July 30, 2011 we opened a brand new triathlon series, The Chattahoochee Challenge. Nearly 300 athletes joined the competition and a great time was had by all. On August 20th, we moved on to the next race  in the series, The Olympic. The course was longer, the challenge greater, but you rose to meet the challenge.

So whats next? An even greater challenge this time its a half iron distance 1.2 mile swim, 56 miles on the bike, and a 13.1 mile run.  Not for the faint of heart, but designed to allow you to really test your body and your spirit. Were expecting this to be incredible. Register early, and start training right now. The starting gun fires on April 21, 2012.

Course Information:

Down river swim that will be wetsuit legal
Scenic bike that brings you down the historic Columbus Riverwalk into to Fort Benning and back to Downtown Columbus
Flat, fast 13.1 mile run on the Columbus Riverwalk and through Historic Columbus, GA

Other Info:
2012 Results:

2012 Results at: active.com
Previous Results:

2011 Results at: active.com 

Race Reviews
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Posted by romejim on 5/12/2012 2:38:04 PM
Overall, glad I did the race. This was their first effort at a half ironman. Surprised at the small turnout, but being new, and early in the year, probably contributed. Check in was poor. Not set up well at all. The bike shop made you feel you were an intrusion, and was so small and unorganized. The swim was "interesting." Love river swims, but this was something else. Very fast current, but you had to do a turn around and come back aways to get out, so you paid for the free ride down. Plus, the river was so shallow, several times I swam over rocks, hitting them with my hands, and had to move myself off of them sometimes. I think this was due to a very limited rainfall. Still, river swims are great. On the plus side, the road leading out and then back in along the river was neat. The course had very limited car use, and most of the roads were well paved (except inside the army base itself!). Otherwise, nothing truly exciting or bad about the course. The biggest negative was the run. The only good thing were the few, but helpful and friendy, volunteers. The guy at mile 9 rocked! For one it was boring, but you also couldn't help but notice the race organizers wanted the runners as far away from downtown, or any people, as possible. "Running along the river" sounded great until you actually did it, and for the most part it meant nothing. Was a two loop where the vast part of it you were alone with just an occasional runner or two you would pass. It was really disappointing because the downtown area, with its shops, restaurants,and hangouts looked cool, along with quaint neighborhoods around, and I thought for sure we would be going through it twice with a lot of people out watching and supporting. Not at all. Again, they did not want you going throught there at all, being diverted off instead. And then my personal pet peeve; give a medal! Not a coffee cup or other. I will say the award plaques were great. I've done a lot of marathons, triathlons, and Ironman, so I know the good and the bad when I see it. I would strongly advise for next year to redo the run into and through the downtown areas and make the race a spectacle to see, rather than to hide. With changes, can become a really good race.
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