TIMELINES HAVE BEEN UPDATED AS OF 5/23/17
PACKET PICK UP FOR SWIMMERS AND PILOTS
We encourage you to pick your packet up prior to race day, if possible. Please arrive at athlete check-in on race day in plenty of time to allow for body marking. We cannot start the races until all swimmers have been marked.
Friday, June 2 from 3:00 – 5:10 p.m. (1 mile); 5:00 - 6:30 p.m. (2.4 and 9.2 mile) AT OUTDOOR CHATTANOOGA
Saturday, June 3 from 6:45 - 7:30 a.m. (2.4 mile); 7:30 – 11:00 a.m. (9.2 mile) AT OUTDOOR CHATTANOOGA
Sunday, June 4 from 7:15 - 7:30 a.m. (9.2 mile) - UNDER MARKET STREET BRIDGE
200 River Street
Chattanooga, TN 37405
1 MILE - FRIDAY, JUNE 2
5:15 p.m. Pre-Race Safety Briefing for Pilots (and all on-water officials) at Outdoor Chattanooga
5:30 p.m. Pre-Race Safety Briefing for Swimmers at Outdoor Chattanooga
5:30 p.m. Buses arrive at Outdoor Chattanooga
5:45 p.m. Swimmers board buses to GPS dock. Swimmers can also walk to dock.
5:50 to 6:15 p.m. Swimmer Warm-up/Roll Call along shore by GPS dock.
6:00 p.m. Kayakers put in river under the Market St. bridge. If you have your own kayak, please drop it off here prior to the pre-race safety briefing at 5:15.
6:20 p.m. Swimmer roll call at GPS dock. All swimmers must be at dock before the race can start.
6:30 p.m. RACE START at GPS dock
2.4 MILE - SATURDAY, JUNE 3
6:45 – 7:30 a.m. Swimmer and Pilot Check-in (packet pick up, athlete marking) at Outdoor Chattanooga.
NOTE: Kayakers with their own boats will need to drop them off at GPS boat dock prior to the 7:30. Staff will be at the boat dock to watch your boats.
7:00 – 7:20 a.m. Swimmer Warm- up from under the Market Street bridge to the Blue Rhino Kayak and back
7:20 – 7:40 a.m. Swimmer boarding on Southern Belle Riverboat under Market Street bridge opens. Swimmers names are checked off as they board. There are multiple restrooms on the boat.
7:30 a.m. Pre-Race Safety Briefing for Pilots (and all on-water officials) at Outdoor Chattanooga
7:40 a.m. Pilots will board one of two microbuses and be taken to either GPS boat dock or a private residence. NOTE: Kayakers who have their own boats will need to drop them off at GPS boat dock prior to the 7:30 a.m. meeting. Staff will be at the boat dock to watch your boats.
7:40 - 7:50 a.m. Last Call - Swimmers board Riverboat under Market Street bridge
7:50 or 8:00 a.m. Pilots enter water from GPS boat dock (7:50 a.m.) and boat dock from a private residence (8:00 a.m.).
7:55 – 8:15 a.m. Riverboat ride up to the start location
8:00 a.m. Swimmer safety briefing on Riverboat
8:30 a.m. RACE START CHAMPIONSHIP HEAT 1 - in water start
8:35 a.m. RACE START CHAMPIONSHIP HEAT 2 - in water start
9.2 MILE - SUNDAY, JUNE 4
6:15 a.m. Kayakers drop kayaks under Market Street bridge at Coolidge Park (for those bringing their own kayak). If you are borrowing an event kayak it will already be there for you.
6:30 – 7:00 a.m. Swimmers and kayakers arrive at Baylor School (Swim Finish) to park
6:45 a.m. Buses arrive at Baylor
7:00 a.m. Swimmers and kayakers board buses at Baylor School
7:15 a.m. Swimmers and kayakers de-board buses under the Market Street bridge. At this point, swimmers and kayakers must find each other, find their kayak, and make sure that swimmer’s feeds are given to the pilot and placed in the kayak or SUP. Swimmers can see what color their kayak is (for those borrowing an event kayak). The event kayaks from Outdoor Chattanooga will be in a grassy area right in front of the kayak shed and you will have to check in with OC staff.
7:15 - 7:30 a.m. Swimmers get packet and body marked and names are checked off of a list for being present
7:15 -7:30 a.m. Pilots get packet and name checked off a list for being present
7:30 a.m. Pre-Race Safety Briefing for Swimmers under Market St Bridge
7:40 a.m. Pre-Race Safety Briefing for Pilots under Market St Bridge
7:45 a.m. Pilots enter the water (takes about 20 minutes for all pilots and kayaks to put in)
7:50 a.m. Swimmers board buses for a ride up to GPS dock (SWIM START)
7:55 a.m. Swimmers de-board bus at GPS dock
8:00 – 8:15 a.m. Optional swimmer warm-up, 400 yards upstream from dock
8:15 a.m. Swimmers called to get positioned for start / final roll call - at GPS dock
8:30 a.m. RACE START CHAMPIONSHIP HEAT 1
8:33 a.m. RACE START NON-CHAMPIONSHIP HEAT 2
Swimmers swim to their assigned buoy and find their pilot at that buoy. Swimmers are not allowed to swim past Market Street Bridge without a pilot. Swimmers swimming past Market St. Bridge without a pilot will be stopped by a lifeguard in the water.