Over the weekend more than 500 paddlers weathered rain, wind and cold at the put-in for Tennessee’s flagship paddle race, the Chattajack 31, a 31-mile haul down the Tennessee River that proved once again why the event is among the most formidable endurance paddling races on the planet. Not all 500 paddlers would finish (many paddlers dropped out due to near-hypothermia), but the front-runners among the ones who did carried with them impressive statistics.
All three men on the podium in the 14′ division–the likes of four-time consecutive Chattajack champion Larry Cain (4:51:10), three-time consecutive runner-up Bart de Zwart (4:51:21) and third-place finisher John Batson (4:51:22)–finished with times faster than the previous course record.
Among the women, a new champion prevailed in the 14′ class with Florida’s Seychelle Hattingh seizing victory in a time of 5:30:10 ahead of runner-up Karen Kennedy (5:57:10) and third-place finisher Louanne Harris (6:03:41).
We’ll be sure to get the highlight reel for you when it comes in, but until then feast your eyes on this video of last year’s Chattajack 31.