Chattanooga Open Water Swimming
Swim the Suck is a 10-mile downstream open water swimming race in Chattanooga, TN hosted by the Chattanooga Open Water Swimmers (C.O.W.S.) and is sanctioned by United States Masters Swimming (USMS). The river course twists and turns making an “S” curve through the steep canyon walls of the protected Tennessee River Gorge.
The 11th Annual event will be held on Saturday, October 8, 2022 starting at the Suck Creek Boat Launch at 9:30 AM and finishing at Tennessee River Gardens. The Friday night pasta dinner/race briefing and packet pick-up will be held on Friday October 7, 2022 at Miller Plaza in downtown Chattanooga and is a fun time to catch up with friends and meet your pilot (if you were assigned one).
Swimmers can be paired with a kayaker if needed for the race and kayaks rentals (if needed) and shuttles are coordinated by the race director. Every swimmer and pilot gets 2 full meals, a t-shirt, and an original local art award. Post-swim festivities include a taco bar and local brews on tap.
The swim starts at the Suck Creek Boat Launch at River Mile 453.3 on the right side of the river (North shore) and finishes at Tennessee River Gardens at River Mile 443.55 on the left side of the river (South shore). Pilots drop their boats off at the swim start the morning before the race and then drive to the finish line to park. Swimmers and pilots park at the finish line in the morning and ride busses which transport swimmers and pilots to the start. The race begins at 9:30 a.m. and most swimmers arrive at the finish within 4-5 hours. Post race meal, drinks, and awards take place at TN River Gardens where everyone parked their car.
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