LOCATION: Chattanooga, Tennessee in the Tennessee River in the Downtown Chattanooga Waterfront at Coolidge Park/Renaissance Park. The race will take place on Saturday May 17th, at 11:00 a.m.  Visit Marriott Courtyard Springhill Suites in downtown Chattanooga next to the river for discounted accommodations. 


Heat 1 is the Championship 2.4 Mile Race (No Wetsuits- Category I).  Swimmers will complete two 1.2 mile laps.  All swimmers must be annual USMS members.  (Green Caps)

Heat 2 is the Non-Championship 2.4 Mile Race (Wetsuits- Allowed Category II). Swimmers will complete two 1.2 mile laps.  Swimmers may purchase the One-Event USMS Registration for $20 or be a full USMS member. (Pink Caps)

Heat 3 is the Non-Championship 1.2 Mile Race (Wetsuits Allowed- Category II) and will consist of 1 lap. Swimmers may purchase One-Event USMS Registration for $20 or be annual USMS members. (Orange Caps)


Temperature: The expected water temperature is between 68-72.  

Start/Finish: Ankle deep run-in and out on a paved ramp.


ELIGIBILITY: Current USMS open water rules will govern this event. Open to all 2014 USMS Registered swimmers 18 years of age as of May 17, 2014 and those purchasing a One-event USMS Registration. All entrants must bring a copy of their USMS registration card to check in. FINA equivalent will be accepted for international swimmers. One-event USMS registration will be available for $20. USMS 2.4 Mile Open Water National Championship swimmers must be an annual member of USMS and may not use the One-Event option.


SAFETY OUR PRIMARY CONCERN: Safety boats, kayakers, and stand-up paddle boarders will monitor the course and medical personnel will be on-site. Swimmers must wear the swim cap provided for their distance until they exit the water via the finish chute, must display their race number and follow all announced safety rules without exception or will be banned from future events


NOURISHMENT: A series of kayakers positioned on the inside perimeter of the racecourse in between the turn buoys will have water, energy drinks, and bananas in their kayaks to hand out to swimmers.  Swimmers can wave their arms and yell “feeding” to signal a kayaker over at any point if they need a feeding.  Swimmers can also swim up to a kayaker and ask for a feeding.

TIME LIMIT: If you can't complete 2.4 miles in 2 hours and 30 minutes or 1.2 miles in 1 hour and 15 minutes, we recommended for safety purposes that you do not enter this event. The course closes at 2:00 pm. Those who have not finished within the time limit will be removed from the course and scored as DNF (Did Not Finish).


QUESTIONS: Contact Karah Nazor, 423-488-3143 or


WARNING: Participants should be adequately trained for competition. Experience swimming in cooler water (68-72 degrees) is strongly recommended, as is the ability to complete the distance within the time requirements.  This course has upstream portions so having experience swimming against the current is recommended.  


RULES: Current 2014 USMS rules will govern this event. Only Category I swimwear is allowed in the 2.4 mile event. (See Rules 303.7.1 & 303.7.2). Wetsuits may not be worn in the Championship Heat 1. Category I & II are allowed in heats 2 and 3. For a full list of rules visit:



Before March 1, 2014: Early Entry Fee =  $55, After March 1: Entry Fee = $65, After May 1: Entry Fee = $75.00.  Entry Deadline for National Championship Heat: May 7, 2014.    No entries will be accepted for the Championship heat after May 7, 2014. Entry Deadline for Heats 2 and 3: May 14, 2014.  Entry fee includes a latex swim cap, custom event T-shirt, post-race pizza, and permits for government agencies and USMS Sanctioning. Please register early and online at

Mailing address for paper entries:  Karah Nazor 1505 W 46th St. Chattanooga, TN 37409.

RESULTS: Preliminary results will available and awards presented per the posted schedule. Official results will be posted on, the event website ( , and in a timely manner.



Championship Heat:

• 2014 USMS 2.4 Mile National Championship medals will be awarded to the top six finishers in each men/women age group (18-24, 25-29, 30-34, etc.) and special awards for the first overall USMS male/ female finisher. USMS Long Distance National Championship patches will be awarded to the first male and female finisher in each age group.


Non-Championship Heats:

• Prizes will be awarded to the top three finishers in each men/women age group (18-24, 25-29, 30-34, etc.).


Hotel: Discounted Swimmer Prices at:  SpringHill Suites Chattanooga Downtown/Cameron Harbor

495 Riverfront Parkway  Chattanooga  Tennessee  37402  USA


REFUNDS: No refunds will be given. In the event of cancellation due to inclement weather (high winds/lightening) or conditions beyond our control no refunds will be given.


SCHEDULE: Packet Pick up: Friday May 16th from 6-7:30 p.m. at Outdoor Chattanooga.  Requested for participants to alleviate race day congestion.



May 17

Race Day Timeline

9:00 a.m.

Check In Opens Swimmers and Pilots

9:30-10:15 a.m.


9:50 a.m.

Mandatory Pilot Safety Briefing at Command Center

10:20 a.m.

Pilots Enter Water

10:30 a.m.

Mandatory Swimmer Safety Briefing

10:40 a.m.

Swimmers in all Heats Line up at Water’s Edge

11:00 a.m.

Race Start for Championship Heat 1, 2.4 Mile

11:15 a.m.

Race Start for Non-Championship Heat 2, 2.4 Mile

11:25 a.m.

Race Start for Non-Championship Heat 3, 1.2 Mile

2:30 p.m.

Awards Ceremony


Click Here to Download Paper Application (For mail in registrants)



Click Here to Download USMS Single One-Event Application (For mail in registrants)

For any online registration issues please email
or call in Knoxville (865) 622-2201 or toll free 877-EDGE-REG.