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Columbia Crossing Swim

Description:

COLUMBIA CROSSING SWIM

Date:  September 11, 2021

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 September 3, 2020 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, September 2, 2021 at 8:00 pm.

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

Deadlines:
To be pre-registered for  the Columbia Crossing and order a t-shirt, you must enter by September 2nd at 8:00 pm.
On-line registration will be available until September 7th. 

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

PLEASE PAY WITH CREDIT CARD (Master Card or Visa). TRANSACTION IS NOT COMPLETE UNTIL CREDIT CARD HAS BEEN ENTERED. ANY REGISTRATION WITHOUT PAYMENT WILL NOT BE VALID.

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 sageg@charter.net 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 sageg@charter.net .

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 this event is not yet open for registration.

You will be able to register starting January 04, 2021