RiverRocks Chattanooga

River Rocks officially kicks off this weekend. The event features world class and amateur athletes competing in all kinds of different water races in the Scenic City.

Speed boats, rowers and hundreds of people are filing into Ross’s Landing this weekend for RiverRocks. Philip Grymes, Executive Director Outdoor Chattanooga said, "We have water events all over. So we have the Chattanooga Head Race which is the cities oldest Regatta. Its been going on for over 25 years." College and high school teams and more than 25-hundred athletes will be in town rowing more than 2.5 miles down the river. Grymes said, "Further down the river, in the River Gorge, we have 1-hundred swimmers from over 26 states and 3 international swimmers swimming 10 miles called the annual 10 mile Swim the Suck." There will be more than 1-hundred kayakers piloting the swimmers down the river as well as boaters.
Speed boat enthusiasts lined up their boats Friday afternoon in preparation for the boat races starting Saturday morning. Dennis Higgs, RiverRocks Participant said, "A lot of fast boats. A lot of people like high speed on the water. And a lot of pleasure boat riding. That’s what we are doing today we are just coming up making a river run from there to here and we’ll ride back after we go eat dinner." Whichever outdoor competition you may enjoy, Outdoor Chattanooga representatives say there’s always room for plenty of spectators. Grymes said, "I think if you look around, you’ll see that there has been a lot of activity down here. This is just another weekend in Chattanooga where there seems to be another event that’s hosting world class athletes."

For a complete list of events going on during RiverRocks visit http://www.riverrockschattanooga.com

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