The Chattajack 31 paddle race has experienced a meteoric rise in popularity since its inception just five years ago. The race runs the length of the Tennessee River from downtown Chattanooga to Hale's Bar Dam, a distance of approximately 32 miles. The inaugural race had 37 participants. Over time the race was opened to more racers. In 2015, there were 300 spots available; registration took eleven days to sell out. This year, the race directors, Ben Friberg and Kimberly Sutton, increased the race to 500 racers. Registration opened at 12:00 a.m. today, May 1. At just after 4:45 p.m., it was announced that registration was CLOSED for 2016. 500 registrants in less than 24 hours!
While the break down of the categories has not been announced yet, it appears that there will be a larger surfski field than ever before. As soon as that information is released, we will update this story.
The Chattajack 31 will be raced on October 22, 2016.