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March 19th, 2010, 08:36 PM
Did this race last year with Lump. It was lots of fun and a great cause! Swim is downstream so finished in an hour - 4.5 mi distance is deceiving. http://chattanoogaratrace.com (http://chattanoogaratrace.com/)

March 19th, 2010, 09:04 PM
June 12.

This race has piqued my interest since I first learned of it (and I really like the cause: "Proceeds from this event will provide scholarships for the inner city lifeguard programs").
Er, water snakes? Other potentially lethal wildlife or toxins?

(The Ohio River is the northern habitat boundary for some snake species one wouldn't want to encounter.)

March 20th, 2010, 06:30 PM
I didn't see or feel any snakes. Water seemed relatively clean.

March 21st, 2010, 05:10 PM
Great event and it was fun.

Unfortunately I will miss it this year as I'll be in Key West for that event.

June 6th, 2011, 12:28 PM
The 2011 version is this weekend. I'm swimming the 4.5 mile swim. Was comparing winning times from 2009 to those of 2010.

Winning time in 2009 was 0:58:41. Winning time in 2010 was 1:38:24. So I went to the TVA web-site for some info. It apparently all has to do with the reservoir levels up river. The TVA holds these levels at a maximum from June 1 into September for recreation and fisheries releasing only enough water to meet minimum downstream requirements. This year the reservoirs are high again. So depending upon when the release schedule, this Saturday's swim could be on the fast side again.

It's these things about which I will obsess all week before my first OW swim this season and my first time at this race.:bliss: