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Bridges to Bluffs Marathon Distance Natl Championships
Knoxville, TN 37915
300 Neyland Drive
Knoxville, TN 37915
- Date(s): September 22, 2019 to September 22, 2019
- Event Times: From: 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
- Location: Volunteer Landing
Get ready for the 2019 USMS Marathon Distance National Championships! This race is the first of its kind! Swimmers jump off the Star of Knoxville Riverboat into the Tennessee River and swim just over six miles downstream, under historic bridges, past Neyland Stadium and finish at the beautiful Sequoyah Hills Park. Currently this is the only marathon swim in the world that begins with such a unique start!
Athletes board the “Star of Knoxville” Riverboat, which travels half a mile upstream to the East End of Suttree Landing Park. Individually swimmers will jump from the loading plank of the riverboat beginning at 9am where they will be met by their escort to begin the swim. The overall winner is expected to finish around 1hr and 45 minutes. The 2019 National Champions will be crowned at 2pm in Sequoyah Hills Park at the Visit Knoxville Finish Area.
Each swimmer will get 4 hours to complete the 6.2 mile swim. While the event is catered to marathon swimmers, it is unlike any other in the area. This marathon swim, or "parade on the water", is vastly competitive - 175 swimmers from 31 states and 2 countries will be competing. There is a wide range of athletes from Triple Crown Ultra Marathon swimmers, solo marathon swimmers who’ve piloted “first” crossing of various lakes and ocean channels, and former Olympians (the reigning female Champion, Ashley Whitney, from Nashville, won a Gold Medal in the 1996 Olympic Games).
The public is encouraged to attend the event as spectators/cheerleaders/volunteers. Ideal viewing locations are Suttree Landing Park, downtown Gay Street and Henley Street Bridges, Volunteer Landing, The Neyland Drive Greenway, Cherokee Farms Greenway, and Sequoyah Hills Park.