Ironman Chattanooga for The Boot Campaign

Race Report from the Little Debbie Ironman Chattanooga 

On September 28, 2014 iMoveFor Founder Amy Cotta made her second attempt at being the first female to do a full Ironman 140.6 in combat boots and military pack supporting the Boot Campaign. Through online and offline donations Amy raised $1,500.00 for the Boot Campaign. If you would like to support her ongoing efforts to give back to our military please click here.

Amy’s pack is adorned with 21 photos of fallen military heroes. Through the selflessness of other athletes (who donated their finisher’s medal to honor those on her pack), Amy was able to send the donated finisher medals to all the families of those on her pack.Ironman Chattanooga Amy Cotta

About the course

Ironman Chattanooga was the shortest duration and longest course in the history of Ironman. What does that mean? Athletes had less than the normal 17 hours to finish for most it is was a 15+ to 16 hour race finish time course — depending on when they were able to enter the water during the rolling start swim. The bike course was extended by 4 miles, taking it from 112 to 116 miles.

  • Swim: Tennessee River 2.4 miles – point to point downstream with a slight current. The swim was fast, beautiful and easy to sight.
  • Bike: Tennessee & Georgia 116 miles (no this isn’t a typo — this course was four miles longer than other Ironman triathlons). The course consisted of two loops in some of the beautiful country side in the world. The course was challenging but fast with rolling hills and some flat roads leading into and out-of the loops.
  • Run: Chattanooga 26.2 miles — Grueling two loop course, but it was beautiful. The first 8 miles of the marathon is along the River Walk with spectacular views of the Tennessee River then it’s off to the North Shore with 6-12% grade climbs. This part of the course went through an amazing golf course community. Then it was back across the pedestrian bridge for the second loop of the run.

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Amy’s V-log race report: in her own words


Highlight video from the Little Debbie Ironman Chattanooga — Amy is at 10:00 in the video.

A HUGE Thank You to the Got Chocolate Milk campaign and Team Chocolate Milk for getting Amy to the starting line!

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About Amy Cotta

Amy Cotta is a mother of six, certified personal trainer, author of Six Weeks to Skinny Jeans, an exercise equipment inventor, and the founder of iMoveFor. Amy competes in 5K to full-Ironman events in combat boots to raise money for military charities.
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