Choo Choo Chase Paddle Race


Due to hazardous conditions in the Tennessee River with water flows exceeding 95,000 cubic feet per second and forecast to remain above 65,000 cfs, we are relocating the race venue to Booker T. Washington State Park, a few minutes’ drive north of Chattanooga and the dam on beautiful Chickamauga Lake.  We will return post-race to the Burger Bar at the Southern Belle for our pizza lunch and awards.  Please see directions and schedule tabs for details as well as the new courses now posted.

We couldn’t be more excited about the newest paddle race coming to the Chattanooga waterfront! The Choo Choo Chase River Race offers 8 mile, 2.5 mile and Kid’s paddle race options for a variety of boat types and sizes. Even better, this race is part of the 2017 Southern Stoke Paddle Series. Below you can find all the logistics and race divisions. Come race with us or cheer on your friends, then stick around for a beer and BBQ celebration.

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2017 Race Results and Awards

Date: Saturday, April 29, 2017

7:30 am – Board staging and Registration (if limit not met) opens at Booker T. Washington State Park
9:00 am (or when full) – Registration closes
9:45 am – Mandatory Racer Meeting (all short and long course racers)
10:00 am – National Anthem and Long Course start
10:10 am – Short Course start
11:45 am – Kid’s Race Meeting followed by Race Start
12:30 pm – Lunch Opens
1-1:30 pm – Awards

Registration Dates & Race Fees:
Long Course $50 thru 3/29, $60 thru 4/27, $70 race day onsite if 200 racer limit is not met
Short Course $30 thru 3/29, $40 thru 4/27, $50 race day onsite if 200 racer limit is not met
Kids Course $15 online only closes 4/27 NO RACE DAY REG
*Additional lunch tickets must be purchased for non-racers IN ADVANCE online $10 per

Start/Finish Location: Chattanooga, TN – Booker T. Washington State Park (5801 Old Champion Rd, Chattanooga, TN)

Choo Choo Chase - Chattanooga Paddling Race 2017

Craft Divisions:

  • Rec/Surf SUP (under 12’6″)
  • 12’6″ SUP
  • 14′ SUP
  • Surfski
  • Kayak
  • OC-1
  • ALL – 8 mile only (any other solo human powered craft) *Special award for the most outlandish

Race Logistics:

  • The board and boat staging area and race day registration will open at 7:30.
  • Your race number must be visible on your left hip.

Start/Finish Detailed Map

Long Course Map

Short Course Map