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Sept 6th - Columbia Crossing

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The Columbia Crossing is a cross-river swim of approximately 1.5 miles. Swimmers will start near the boat dock at Chiawana Park in Pasco and swim to the Edison Street boat ramp in Columbia Park, Kennewick, Washington.
Water temperature is expected to be about 70o F with relatively light river currents. Wet suits are allowed, but flotation devices are not allowed.
Columbia Basin Dive Rescue, along with the Coast Guard Auxiliary, will be coordinating the safety boat network across the river. Swimmers will leave from the beach at Chiawana Park in one group. Swimmers will be expected to seed themselves accordingly in the starting pack. This is going to be a fun event that benefits a great of all, you'll have bragging rights that you swam across the Columbia River!

All swimmers start together at 9:00 a.m.
Swim starts in Chiawana Park in Pasco.
The finish is at the Edison Street boat ramp in Columbia Park, Kennewick.

  • Starting directions from the Richland Side of the River:
    Park in the parking lot for the Columbia Park Marina (just below Kimo's Restaurant).
    Catch the Columbia River Journeys boat to the swim start...boat leaves at 8:00 and 8:30 a.m.
    First come, first served...the boat only holds about 20 people.
    We will be setting up informal transportation from the swim finish back to the Columbia Park Marina after the swim.
  • From the Pasco Side of the River:
    Take I-182 and end up on the Pasco side of the dual span bridge.
    Take exit for Road 100 and turn towards the river (south).
    Take Road 100 as far as it goes to its intersection with Court Street.
    Take a left on Court Street.
    Take a right on Road 88.
    Enter the park and follow the sign to the West End of the park.
    You'll find us in the parking lot near the docks.

The entry fee for The Columbia Crossing is $10, which includes a cool swim cap for you to treasure for years to come. Brightly colored swim caps MUST be worn by all swimmers.
Remember that every penny of the proceeds from this event goes to benefit Columbia Basin Dive Rescue.
T Shirts: are available for an additional $12. The only way to guarantee you'll get a shirt is to pre-register.
To be pre-registered your entry must be RECEIVED by August 28th, or by 9 p.m. on August 28th if registering on-line.
Race day registration will be available starting at 7:00 a.m. in Chiawana Park.

Special awards will be bestowed upon the men's and women's champions. Age group awards will be provided in the following age groups: 12-15; 16-19; 20-29; 30-39; 40-49; 50-59; 60-69; 70+. Please note à minimum age for this event is 12.

The awards ceremony will take place in the Kimo's Restuarant west parking lot, starting at 10:30 a.m.
Questions: Contact Eric Greager by phone at (509) 942-7137.