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Columbia Crossing Swim


You missed the online registration for the Columbia Crossing Swim, but no worries as you can still sign up for the 1.5 mile swim across the Columbia River on race morning (September 7th). Show up at the parking lot at the west end of Chiawana Park (near the big boat dock) starting at 7:15 am and we can get you signed up and ready to swim by the 9:00 am start time. The finish of the swim is at the Edison St boat ramp in Columbia Park in Kennewick, so you will want some sort of car pool or pick up at the finish. And remember that every penny of your measly $10 entry fee goes directly to help fund Columbia Basin Dive Rescue. Your only chance to swim across the river this year, so don't let the opportunity pass you by!. Please bring $10 in exact change in cash or a check made out to 3RRR.


Date:  September 7, 2019

The Columbia Crossing Swim benefits Columbia Basin Dive Rescue and 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 70 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 cause…best of all, you’ll have bragging rights that you swam across the Columbia River! Read on for details:

What: A 1.5 mile swim across the Columbia River from Pasco to Kennewick, Washington.

Time: All swimmers start together at 9:00 am.

Where: Swim starts in Chiawana Park in Pasco, Washington. The finish is at the Edison Street boat ramp in Columbia Park, Kennewick, Washington.

Entry Fee: The entry fee for The Columbia Crossing is $10, which includes a cool swim cap for you to treasure for years to come. Remember that every penny of the proceeds from this event goes to benefit Columbia Basin Dive Rescue.  Short-sleeved "SWIM" t-shirts are available for an additional $15.  Only pre-registered swimmers can be guaranteed a T-Shirt. To be pre-registered you must enter online by August 29th at 8:00 pm.  Race day registration (cash or check only) will be available starting at 7:00 AM in Chiawana Park.

Deadline for ordering a T-Shirt: Thursday, August 29th at 8:00 pm.

NO late registration fees apply:  But help us all out and register early online.  Thanks!

To be pre-registered for  the Columbia Crossing and order a t-shirt, you must enter by August 29th at 8:00 pm.
On-line registration will be available until September 3rd. 

ABSOLUTELY NO REFUNDS: We sympathize with life's uncertainties but there are no refunds. Please, please, please plan accordingly.


Wet Suits: Wet suits are allowed (projected river temperature is 70F) and flotation devices are NOT allowed.

Swim Caps: Brightly colored swim caps will be provided and MUST be worn by all swimmers.

How to get to the start

From the Benton County Side of the River:
·There is no ferry service available this year.  Please plan to carpool and follow directions below from the Franklin County side of the river.

From the Franklin County (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

Transportation: You are encouraged to car pool such that you have transportation back to the swim start area from the swim finish area.

Awards: Special awards will be bestowed upon the men’s and women’s champions. Age group awards will be provided in the following age groups: 12-15,16-19,20-29,30-39,40-49,50-59,60-69,70-100. Please note the minimum age for this event is 12.

Post-Swim: The awards ceremony will take place in the west side Kimo's parking lot, starting about 10:45 am.  Kimo's will be open for lunch directly afterward.

Columbia Basin Dive Rescue (CBDR)is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization that provides water rescue and recovery services to agencies throughout a five-county area surrounding the Tri-Cities.

CBDR members are on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, covering a response area of more than 4,000 square miles, including 300 miles of major river systems and countless lakes, ponds and canals. Emergency responders are assigned to duty crews to ensure that at least one full dive crew is available to respond at all times. On major missions, however, it is common for all available divers and surface support to respond. The team’s response area is the largest in the state of Washington and one of the largest in the country. As an authorized agency of the Department of Emergency Management, CBDR also may be called to assist with incidents across the state.

Missions range from swimming and boating accidents to suicide attempts and underwater crime scene investigations. To prepare for the diversity of missions and to ensure proper skill level, emergency responders (divers and surface support personnel) must complete an extensive training program supplemented with required, bi-monthly trainings.

CBDR has no paid employees and is completely dependent on community and agency donations to fund operations.  All team members are committed to CBDR’s water safety education program, which reaches more than 20,000 mid-Columbians through presentations and classes for both children and adults.

Questions: Please contact Eric Greager at with any race questions.

Mini-Tutorial on Registration: To help you through the process, here is a quick tutorial:

  • Start at the top of Event Registration with the orange-highlighted box entitled “Choose an Option.” Go to the drop-down list and choose which option (race only, clothing option) you want. The specific cost that will be charged to your credit card is also listed.
  • The next box down is the clothing option box. If you chose the race clothing in the “Choose an Option” box, indicate your size in this box. If you did not order the optional clothing, then select “none” in this box.
  • Fill out all required fields as usual.
  • Continue with your registration until credit card payment is complete.

If you have any questions on this, feel free to contact any of the Website administrators listed on the Info – Officers page on our website.

Volunteers: We need lots of volunteers for our events. If you can help at this event, please contact Eric Greager at .

As you register, PLEASE pay careful attention when indicating your selection in the “Choose an Option” drop-down list. This is where you choose whether you want the optional t-shirt or not.

We are sorry but registration for this event is now closed.

Please contact us if you would like to know if spaces are still available.

Event Roster

NameRegistration Date
80 people registered
Eric GreagerFeb 23, 2019
Clint RehnMar 18, 2019
Cliff CottamApr 7, 2019
Angela WichmannApr 8, 2019
Lynne SandilandsApr 22, 2019
Shaun CainJun 3, 2019
Lisa McNeilJun 4, 2019
James HoffmanJun 5, 2019
Joseph CottamJun 16, 2019
sharon McNeilJun 17, 2019
Lori HaylesJun 25, 2019
Erin PlumbJun 25, 2019
ALLA SCHOCKJun 30, 2019
van bennettJul 16, 2019
Jonathan WilsonJul 17, 2019
Darcey MillerJul 21, 2019
Andrew BramskeJul 22, 2019
Daniel BramskeJul 22, 2019
Heather KesslerJul 29, 2019
Meg WietsmaAug 1, 2019
Jennifer MillesonAug 3, 2019
Nicole SheltonAug 5, 2019
Genoa BlankenshipAug 5, 2019
Janis BeckAug 6, 2019
Michael JanskyAug 10, 2019
Nicholas WalkleyAug 12, 2019
Daisy WhitneyAug 12, 2019
Kayla HeinAug 12, 2019
Sarah BlauAug 13, 2019
Donavyn TobinAug 15, 2019
Jennifer GahringerAug 16, 2019
Kim BowlerAug 16, 2019
Jayson BransonAug 17, 2019
Aida PattersonAug 17, 2019
Andy MillerAug 18, 2019
Khris OlsenAug 19, 2019
Bryn McGinnisAug 20, 2019
David CabreyAug 21, 2019
Nathan MilesAug 22, 2019
Tanya GroomAug 24, 2019
Joel KreitzbergAug 24, 2019
Jodi PennAug 24, 2019
John AdamsonAug 25, 2019
Linnea HaanAug 25, 2019
John GuinAug 25, 2019
Anne FarawilaAug 25, 2019
Joseph TannerAug 26, 2019
Erica BurmoodAug 26, 2019
Jill Young-McMurchieAug 27, 2019
Rowan Young-McMurchieAug 27, 2019
marga kerrAug 27, 2019
John SandsAug 28, 2019
Walt TaylorAug 28, 2019
One Lung DjangAug 28, 2019
Darrel BrownAug 29, 2019
Carol NelsonAug 29, 2019
Viktor HalatchenkoAug 29, 2019
Bob PetersonAug 29, 2019
Shy RoseAug 29, 2019
Roman PiperAug 29, 2019
Kathy SpaneAug 29, 2019
Karin NickolaAug 30, 2019
Pat LeeAug 31, 2019
Kayla WarnerAug 31, 2019
Larry RingAug 31, 2019
Patricia RolonSep 1, 2019
Luca RolonSep 1, 2019
Dale FullerSep 1, 2019
Judy GerhardSep 2, 2019
Robert MerrimanSep 2, 2019
Doug HendricksonSep 2, 2019
Sydney WillfordSep 3, 2019
Sean McgrathSep 3, 2019
Philip NelsonSep 3, 2019
Sarah WeberSep 3, 2019
Cassie SteinSep 3, 2019
Regan GeldmacherSep 3, 2019