Held just three days before Halloween this year, the Chattajack Paddle Series takes racers 31 miles through the Tennessee River Gorge - truly a paddleboard/kayak race like no other.
So far, there are 564 participants, with a helfy waiting list as well. Paddlers with a passion are traveling from near and far to be a part of this auspicious event. If you are in Chattanooga the day before the race, be sure to check out Ross's Landing, where everyone's water crafts are stored on our famous downtown steps for the night - quite a spectacle indeed!
Beginning in downtown Chattanooga about 8:30-9am on Saturday, the course takes participants down 31 miles of our gorgeous, winding river gorge, ending at Hales Bar Marina. Paddlers have, at most, 8 hours and 30 minutes to complete the course - with aid stations offering water and Clif products at the 16 mile, 22 mile, and 27 mile points. Though the race is sure to be a fun and rewarding experience, it requires the ultimate dedication and preperation.
Chattajack's website is chock-full of great tips and tricks in preperation for those who decide to commit to it's endurance-needing length. Their blog can help with strategies, strength training, and even how to deal with certain weather or current conditions.
Paddle monster coach, Larry Cain, who finished 1st in the 14' SUP division for 2016, says the keys to completing the Chattajack is commitment and consistency. We would have to agree, as he finished the race in just under 5 hours 15 minutes last year.
Be sure to check out this amazing race this fall! You're sure to feel the energy coming off all of these dedicated atheletes who wouldn't want to be anywhere else Saturday, October 28th.