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Columbia Crossing Swim



Date:  September 9, 2017

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 31st 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 31st 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 31st at 8:00 pm.
On-line registration will be available until September 5th.

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 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 am
·First come, first served…the boat only holds about 20 people

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

Transportation: You are encouraged to car pool such that you have transportation back to the swim start area from the swim finish area. Columbia River Journeys will be helping ferry swimmers from the Columbia Park Marina in Richland to the docks at Chiawana Park in Pasco. The boat can carry about 20 swimmers and will have two departures from the Columbia Park Marina…the first at 8:00 am and the second at 8:30 am. First come, first served for the ferry.

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 Reach Museum, outside on the back porch, starting at 10:30 am.

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
Lynne SandilandsJan 18, 2017
Joseph TannerFeb 28, 2017
Eric GreagerMar 6, 2017
Fred JamisonApr 3, 2017
Cliff CottamApr 30, 2017
Ron CohenJun 8, 2017
Abby HarderJun 8, 2017
Larry RingJun 27, 2017
John AdamsonJun 28, 2017
sharon McNeilJul 9, 2017
Erin FinnJul 13, 2017
Jonathan WilsonJul 20, 2017
Talena BrickerJul 26, 2017
van bennettJul 30, 2017
Viktor HalatchenkoJul 31, 2017
Melina EnkeyAug 2, 2017
Meg WietsmaAug 4, 2017
Sarah CrowAug 6, 2017
Jeffrey BenedictAug 8, 2017
Stephanie DebnerAug 10, 2017
Conor GroganAug 11, 2017
Jayson BransonAug 12, 2017
Glen GordonAug 14, 2017
Logan GordonAug 14, 2017
Paul ScharoldAug 14, 2017
stephen tannerAug 15, 2017
Darryl MayfieldAug 17, 2017
Nate HigginsAug 18, 2017
Anne FarawilaAug 20, 2017
Aida PattersonAug 20, 2017
Carol NelsonAug 20, 2017
James DevereAug 20, 2017
Elizabeth HarrisonAug 21, 2017
Christiana KennyAug 21, 2017
Susan BrainAug 22, 2017
Bryn McGinnisAug 22, 2017
Nicholas WalkleyAug 22, 2017
Sean MurphyAug 23, 2017
Shayla JohnsonAug 23, 2017
David CabreyAug 24, 2017
Alisha SanchezAug 25, 2017
Samuel HardingAug 27, 2017
Andrew BramskeAug 27, 2017
Daniel BramskeAug 27, 2017
Don GordonAug 27, 2017
Heather KesslerAug 28, 2017
Michael JanskyAug 29, 2017
Darrel BrownAug 29, 2017
Bob PetersonAug 29, 2017
Brady DickhausAug 30, 2017
Ned HastingsAug 30, 2017
Sean McGrathAug 30, 2017
Jamie HuminskyAug 30, 2017
Karen BarnhartAug 30, 2017
John PetersonAug 30, 2017
Andy MillerAug 31, 2017
Barry KlettkeAug 31, 2017
David GordonAug 31, 2017
Rebekah PusateriAug 31, 2017
Anna Marie McDowellAug 31, 2017
Harold PerierAug 31, 2017
Sandi SheeleyAug 31, 2017
Jonathan PusateriAug 31, 2017
Debbie ArbuckleAug 31, 2017
Ronald BrunkeSep 1, 2017
Karin NickolaSep 1, 2017
George huSep 2, 2017
Dale FullerSep 3, 2017
Samantha SchmidtSep 4, 2017
Bradley JohnsonSep 4, 2017
Kristine ClaybrookSep 4, 2017
Mike SandbeckSep 4, 2017
Stacy DanckerSep 4, 2017
Zach ScrimsherSep 5, 2017
Karma JohnsonSep 5, 2017
Pat LeeSep 5, 2017
Jim HoffmanSep 5, 2017
Jessica LaySep 6, 2017
Mark SkiffingtonSep 6, 2017
Kiah GriffithSep 6, 2017