75th Anniversary -- Roy Webster Cross-Channel Swim

Monday, September 04 2017, 5:30 AM - 12:00 PM [PST]

720 E. Port Marina Drive, Hood River, Oregon, United States



Swimmer Registration ONLY Partial Approval -$62.00

Available Tickets - 230 Sales end on -09/04/2017

Are you ready for an exciting challenge? This annual open-water swim—held every year in beautiful Hood River, Oregon—gives participants the opportunity to swim across the mighty Columbia River. Early in the morning every Labor Day, 500 swimmers board the Sternwheeler paddleboat, get ferried to the Washington side of the river, and jump off the boat to swim back to the Oregon shore. Families and friends come from all over the world to enjoy this great tradition. Price includes paypal processing fee. NO REFUNDS- NO EXCEPTIONS

Swimmer Registration- Includes SWIMMER BREAKFAST Partial Approval - $81.00

Available Tickets - 350 Sales end on -09/04/2017

This registration includes a special Private Swimmers Buffet for swimmers and their families at the BEST WESTERN PLUS Hood River Inn 8:30 – 11:30 am Monday, September 5, 2016 The breakfast will be held in the Inn's private banquet room. Menu: Scrambled Eggs Pepper Bacon & Apple Sausage Yukon Gold Breakfast Potatoes Breakfast Pastries, Scones and Muffins ( Coffee, Tea, Juice and Milk are additional) Children between 5 and 12 will be $7.50 per person( including service charge) Children under 4 are free. Friends and Family who are not swimming may call the hotel directly at 541-386-8924 to purchase buffet tickets. There are NO REFUNDS for the breakfast. NO REFUNDS FOR THE SWIM-NO EXCEPTIONS

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Event Information

Monday, September 04 2017, 5:30 AM - 12:00 PM [PST]

About the Events

At dawn on Labor Day each year, a large group of hearty souls jumps in the mighty Columbia River and swims the 1.1-mile stretch across to Hood River. The Roy Webster Cross-Channel Swim – Columbia River’s biggest and oldest official swim event, attracting hundreds of participants from around the world – originated in 1942 when local orchardist Roy Webster challenged himself to swim across the river. On the day of the swim, participants board the famous Sternwheeler paddleboat on the south shore of the Columbia, at the Hood River Port, and are ferried across the river to the Washington shore. When signaled, swimmers jump off the Sternwheeler into the “refreshing” Columbia and head back for Hood River. To help them find their way, a special swim lane lined with volunteers in sailboats, kayaks and paddleboards are there to guide, encourage, and protect swimmers as they cross the channel. This popular event fills up quickly, so be sure to register early! Registration opens on March 1. Sign up here to receive official Roy Webster Cross-Channel Swim newsletter and notification of the online registration link. Roy Webster has passed on, but his family still owns the local orchard – now TheFruitCompany.com – and they carry on Roy’s legacy by participating in the event each year.

General Information

  • The swim is for intermediate level or better swimmers.
  • All swimmers must be at least 10 years old, in good physical health, and must wear a swim cap provided due to safety regulations.
  • Swimmers under 15 years old MUST each be accompanied by an adult swimmer.
  • Participants are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • No grease or oil allowed as it may damage the Sternwheeler. Wet or dry suits are permitted.
  • You must sign a waiver to participate.
  • This is not a race!


Thank you to our Sponsors!

The Fruit Company- thefruitcompany.com

Best Western Plus Hood River Inn- hoodriverinn.com

Providence Hood River Memorial Hospital

Northwest Graphic Works- northwestgraphicworks.com

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About the Organizer

Hood River County Chamber of Commerce (541) 386-2000 info@hoodriver.org http://hoodriver.org/roy-webster-cross-channel-swim

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