Ed. Note—We continue our series on Wattie Ink. athletes at the various world championship races this fall: ITU LD Worlds, 70.3 World Championships, and Kona. This week we hear about the Team Wattie Ink. Age Group athletes at 70.3 World Champs in Chattanooga, Tennessee, from the team director and OG Team Wattie Ink. member, Robert Flanigan.
The 2017 Ironman 70.3 World Championships in Chattanooga continued a banner year for the athletes and sponsors of Team Wattie Ink. With 39 athletes qualified and headed to the start line in this iconic city in Tennessee, Chattanooga made for the largest gathering of Wattie athletes at any one race. It being a World Championship made the event even more special.
Kristin White (4th place, women 45-49) and Lauren Smith (5th, women 55-59) led the team results, and Amanda Wendorff—one of the three Team Wattie Ink development professionals—turned in a solid performance in her first 70.3 Worlds as a pro.
Chattanooga was the perfect venue for what was a very difficult yet fair race course; it tested the athletes with an upcurrent swim leg, and then unrelenting bike and run courses. Many athletes said, afterward "there wasn't a flat moment out there today." The new split day format (the women racing Saturday and men Sunday) provided the Watties a built-in advantage, their teammates racing opposite days and free to represent as spectators. Team Wattie Ink was loud and proud on course while exemplifying their motto of Fast, Fierce, FAMILY.