What began as a family tradition way back in 1942 when Roy Webster, accompanied by a few friends and family members took to swimming in the Columbia River in Oregon has today turned into a national event that draws teams and individual swimmers from across the nation. It is a passionate race to swim the channel.
Organization: Hood River County Chamber of Commerce
Date: 09/02/2013 update info
Time: 5:45:00 AM - 10:00:00 AM
Event Cost: varies
Venue: Columbia River in Hood River,OR
Contact: Hood River Chamer of Commerce
550 hearty souls swim the mighty Columbia from the Washington shore to Oregon every Labor Day! For many, Labor Day is the final opportunity for a day of summer relaxation. But others choose to forego ease for the personal challenge of an early morning swim across the mighty Columbia River . The swim is a 1.1-mile stretch across to Hood River.
This is the annual Hood River County Chamber of Commerce’s Cross Channel Swim. The swim, which annually attracts close to 500 participants from around the world, originated in 1942 when local orchardist Roy Webster challenged himself to swim across the river.
All swimmers must be at least 10 years old and be in good physical health. Swimmers under 15 must each be accompanied by an adult swimmer. Swimmers must wear a swim cap due to safety regulations. Wet or dry suits are allowed.
- A Labor Day Ritual for many
- Over 550 swimmers each year
- A challenge to swim across the Columbia River from Washington to Oregon
Overview: The Columbia River Cross Channel Swim is organized and sponsored by the Hood River County Chamber of Commerce. Enthusiasts of the Columbia River Cross Channel opt for the Labor Day for the personal challenge of an early morning swim to cross the Columbia River.
When: Typically a Labor Day weekend event each year
Where: Columbia River outside Hood River
Fees: Entry fees vary. Free for the public to watch
Details: Participant swimmers are usually ferried to an area near the Washington shore, from where they leave in ten-people formations to swim around a mile to the Oregon shore, displaying a unique picture of determination and courage. However, in true sense of the word, the event is not a race where each swimmer takes his or her own time to reach the shore. Some even abandon the swim and are then picked up by attending rescue boats.