Roy Webster Cross-Channel Swim
- When: Monday, September 2, 2013, 5:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.
- Where: Hood River County Visitors Center, Hood River
- Cost: Not available
- Age limit: All ages
- Categories: Outdoor, Sports
Registration will open in late spring 2013.
At dawn on Labor Day each year, a large group of hearty souls jumps in the mighty Columbia River and swims the 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. On the day of the swim, participants board the famous Sternwheeler paddleboat on the south shore of the Columbia at the Hood River Port to be ferried across the river to the Washington shore. When signaled, swimmers jump off the Sternwheeler into the “refreshing” Columbia and head back for Hood River.To help them find their way, a special swim lane lined with volunteers in sail boats, kayaks, and paddle board are there to guide, encourage, and protect swimmers as they cross the channel.
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To learn more about Roy Webster and the history of this event, visit: thefruitcompany.com/emails/eNewsletters/eNews_07August.htm