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If you’re wondering what to do in Hood River in September you’ll want to participate in the Roy Webster Cross Channel Swim. This annual watery event will be held September 2, 2019 and is a wonderful way for locals and visitors who love Hood River to give back to the community in a bold way. Hosted by the Hood River Chamber of Commerce in association with the Roy Webster Cross Channel Swim Volunteer Grant Program, this swim across the water is sure to be as thrilling as it is meaningful.

Swim for a Great Cause

Since 1942, swimmers have been participating in the Roy Webster Cross Channel Swim not in the name of competition, but for the love of the experience. The swim, one of our favorite things to do in Hood River Oregon, begins at 5:30 am on September 2, 2019, with nearly 500 racers meeting up at 720 E. Port Marina Drive to be ferried by the Columbia River Gorge Sternwheeler to the Washington Shore. When the start of the swim is signaled, swimmers will dive off the Sternwheeler into the water below before heading back towards Hood River by way of whatever swim stroke they prefer. A line of volunteer guides will create a path made of canoes, kayaks, and paddleboards that swimmers can follow towards the finish line. The swim spans over a mile of the Columbia River and holds the title as the city’s longest-standing event. In 2019 as in years past, the proceeds from this race go towards worthwhile community efforts and charities and have previously included Leaders for Tomorrow as well as the Hood River Valley High School Water Polo Team.

Participation and Registration

Swimmer upwards of 10-years old are welcome to join the event with the understanding that swimmers under 15-years of age are required to swim with an accompanying adult. The general entry fee is $60 with same-day registration jumping up to $70. Teams are encouraged to participate for a team fee of $55 with that cost increasing to $65 for late or same-day registrations. Online registration is open to participants beginning March 1, 2019.

Swim Through September and Enjoy the Many Things to Do In Hood River Oregon

Whether you’re in town to take to the Columbia River or just happy to watch as a spectator, guests and athletes alike deserve a wonderful place to stay during their trip. The team at Arrived is here to help you book a beautiful vacation rental home that matches your every need. Contact us today for more ideas on what to do in Hood River and to book one of our beautiful vacation rentals!

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