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Columbia Crossing Swim


The Columbia Crossing 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.

T Shirts: are available for an additional $14. The only way to guarantee you'll get a shirt is to pre-register

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. Only pre-registered swimmers can be guaranteed a T-Shirt. To be pre-registered you must enter online by September 6th.  Race day registration (cash or check) will be available starting at 7:00 AM in Chiawana Park.

Deadline for ordering a T-Shirt: Thursday, September 6th.

NO late registration fees apply:

To be pre-registered for  the Columbia Crossing and order a t-shirt, you must enter by September 6th.
On-line registration will be available until September 10th.

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. We will be setting up informal transportation from the swim finish back to the Columbia Park Marina after the swim.

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 Kimo's Restuarant west parking lot, 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 or "Contact Us" from the website 's menu with questions pertaining to registration.

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 or (509)942-7137.

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
135 people registered
Spain AbneyApr 9, 2012
Scott WoodMay 11, 2012
Tammy WoodMay 11, 2012
Mary AdamsJun 19, 2012
Jerry YoungbloodJun 26, 2012
Fred JamisonJul 8, 2012
Kathy Farrell GuizarJul 18, 2012
Sandi SheeleyJul 22, 2012
Glen GordonJul 24, 2012
Rob NelsonJul 24, 2012
Michael JanskyJul 24, 2012
Ron Hayden Jr.Jul 29, 2012
Joelle OlsenJul 31, 2012
James WillisAug 5, 2012
Randy WayAug 6, 2012
Sheila MoonAug 9, 2012
Stan MoonAug 9, 2012
Jacob McCoskeyAug 10, 2012
Barbara GoreAug 12, 2012
Kelly MeyerAug 13, 2012
Carrie SpradlinAug 13, 2012
dianne hosfordAug 14, 2012
Katherine ConverseAug 14, 2012
katie bair Aug 14, 2012
Ron HaydenAug 14, 2012
Christina HaydenAug 14, 2012
Pat LeeAug 15, 2012
Diana SpangleAug 15, 2012
David CabreyAug 15, 2012
Isaac CarlsonAug 16, 2012
Karen ClayAug 17, 2012
Thomas CritesAug 17, 2012
Kristin Gordon GeorgeAug 19, 2012
Molly HarmonAug 20, 2012
Shanae McHenryAug 20, 2012
Abbie SontagAug 21, 2012
Devin SontagAug 21, 2012
Joel KreitzbergAug 21, 2012
Susan WellmanAug 24, 2012
marga kerrAug 24, 2012
Jill BrandonAug 26, 2012
Don GordonAug 26, 2012
Laurie ConnellyAug 26, 2012
James DevereAug 26, 2012
Beth MaleyAug 27, 2012
Brooke ChildersAug 27, 2012
David RohrbachAug 28, 2012
Wes BrattonAug 30, 2012
Lisa BrattonAug 30, 2012
Patrick HumberstadAug 30, 2012
Shawn CrawfordAug 31, 2012
David AdamsAug 31, 2012
Mark PainterAug 31, 2012
JimaLee PainterAug 31, 2012
Peter TurpingAug 31, 2012
Buzz VickerySep 1, 2012
Ron BrunkeSep 1, 2012
Karin NickolaSep 1, 2012
Nancy HulseSep 1, 2012
Deb SmithSep 1, 2012
Stanford DouglasSep 1, 2012
Bruce WilliamsSep 1, 2012
Miriam GormleySep 1, 2012
Amanda SmileySep 1, 2012
Chad SmileySep 1, 2012
Lincoln DjangSep 2, 2012
Amanda DjangSep 2, 2012
Steve AndersonSep 2, 2012
Adin AndersonSep 2, 2012
Joshua AlmsSep 2, 2012
Kristin AndersonSep 2, 2012
Becky ClarkSep 2, 2012
Dana FugettSep 3, 2012
Ken WagnonSep 3, 2012
David BlacketerSep 3, 2012
Brigit FarleySep 4, 2012
Sean MurphySep 4, 2012
Hailey MurphySep 4, 2012
Blair MurphySep 4, 2012
Alexis MurphySep 4, 2012
Steven SontagSep 4, 2012
Dale FullerSep 4, 2012
Becky DrewSep 4, 2012
Charles HardingSep 4, 2012
Deric BeattySep 5, 2012
Ted BeattySep 5, 2012
Pierre Le BarsSep 5, 2012
Susan BrainSep 5, 2012
Kathryn JenkoSep 5, 2012
Chris JohnsonSep 5, 2012
Abigail StipcakSep 5, 2012
Libby ArnostiSep 5, 2012
Charlotte GrahamSep 5, 2012
Helen JenneSep 6, 2012
Kerry HillsSep 6, 2012
Rachael BartonSep 6, 2012
paul meierSep 6, 2012
Garrett MoonSep 6, 2012
Abigail KiddSep 6, 2012
Kristen JonesSep 6, 2012
Will EricksonSep 6, 2012
Ashley JaySep 6, 2012
Yong YangSep 6, 2012
Charles MelchinSep 6, 2012
Giulia SzanyiSep 6, 2012
Elise TinsethSep 6, 2012
Hannah Aguirre-ClayshulteSep 6, 2012
Robby DornSep 6, 2012
Joel JohnsonSep 6, 2012
Bradley JohnsonSep 6, 2012
Adam BraytonSep 6, 2012
van bennettSep 7, 2012
Tom KirchnerSep 7, 2012
Annie LaiSep 7, 2012
Canhai LaiSep 7, 2012
Teddy LaiSep 7, 2012
Angie MilletSep 7, 2012
Athena ClarkSep 8, 2012
Richard CampbellSep 9, 2012
Vincent DannaSep 9, 2012
gary hopkinsSep 9, 2012
Eric FahslSep 9, 2012
Alicia CertainSep 9, 2012
Talena BrickerSep 9, 2012
Sheila EricksonSep 10, 2012
Lynne SandilandsSep 10, 2012
Paul scharoldSep 10, 2012
Mark GarrettSep 10, 2012
eric dyslandSep 11, 2012
Adan Gutierrez Sep 11, 2012
Ivan HorningSep 11, 2012
Sean McGrathSep 12, 2012
Jamie SchmelzerSep 12, 2012
Devin SchmelzerSep 12, 2012
David PainterSep 12, 2012