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Ironman Chattanooga and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)

I'm surrounded by super-fit bodies in athletic gear as I drive over the Walnut Street Bridge for a local program on a global topic -- the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). For a third year, the Ironman endurance event transforms the Scenic City of Chattanooga, the smallest of the major cities in Tennessee. When I arrived here twenty years ago, it was inconceivable that elite athletes from around the country and the world would swim the Tennessee River, bike through rustic mountain coves, and run through our neighborhoods to a finish line at Ross' Landing, named for the historic Cherokee leader.
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