73rd Annual Roy Webster Cross-Channel Swim
Monday, Sept. 7th, 2015
Originated in 1942, when local orchardist Roy Webster challenged himself to swim the river, it has now become Columbia Rivers biggest and oldest officail swim event, attracting hundreds of participants from around the world.
A dawn on Labor Day, participants board the famous Sternwheeler paddle boat on the south shore of the Columbia, at the Hood River Port, and are ferried across the river to the Washington shore.When signaled, a group of hearty swimmers jump off the Sternwheeler into the "refreshing" Columbia River and swim the 1.1 mile stretch across to Hood River.
This event fills up fast, so be sure and sign up early! Register at the Hood River Chamber of Commerce.