Chattajack: Danny Ching breaks King Larry in Tennessee; Seychelle goes three-straight

In brief: Danny Ching has ended the long reign of Chattajack King Larry Cain after claiming victory in his first visit to Chattanooga, Tennessee over the weekend.

Danny took out the 31 mile “Inland Molokai” after an impressive 507 teams (including 236 SUPs) started the challenge. Larry, who went undefeated in Tennessee from 2014-2018, had to settle for third step on the podium after Danny and Frenchman Olivier Darrieumerlou (the 2018 11 Cities non-stop champion) pulled away in the final sprint to the line.

Seychelle picked up her fourth title (and third straight) after holding off Kim Barnes over the final 200 metres, with the duo having already broken pre-race favourite April Zilg mid-race. Seychelle and Kim actually earned “equal first” in this race way back in 2015.   → READ MORE

Watch 550 Paddlers Challenge the Freezing Rains of ‘Chattajack’ in the Name of Adventure

Chattajack was definitely one for the books this year, with wild weather making the already-grueling 31 mile (50km) course particularly difficult for the record 550+ participants.

Conditions were near-freezing, and the wind was seemingly head on no matter what direction paddlers were facing as they wound their way through the almighty Tennessee River Gorge.   → READ MORE

Bart de Zwart’s Recap of the Wet and Wild Chattajack Race: “Cold But Happy”

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Few paddlers have covered as many miles as Bart de Zwart, the undisputed king of endurance paddling and a vetrean of virtually every ultra long distance race in the world. Bart was back in action again last weekend, where he joined over 500 other brave paddlers to tackle the almighty Tennessee River Gorge as part of the Chattajack race.

It would be an understatement to say that Chattajack was a tough one this year, with freezing cold temperatures and driving rain forcing more than five dozen paddlers to retire mid-race. Bart held on for a runner-up finish (his third straight) behind four-time champ Larry Cain; here’s how it felt out on the river.   → READ MORE

Chattajack: Larry Cain Wins Fourth-Straight Title; Seychelle Hattingh Women’s Champ in Cold and Wet Tennessee

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In brief: Larry Cain has once again edged out Bart de Zwart to win the almighty Chattajack race in Tennessee, with the Canadian claiming his fourth-straight title in what has grown into one of the world’s largest races.

More than 500 paddlers took on the 31 mile odyssey down the beautiful Tennessee River Gorge, with the former canoe gold medalist extending his winning streak and relegating Bart to a third-straight runner-up finish. Conditions were cold, wet and challenging this year, though a solid downstream current did provide some relief.    → READ MORE

Chattajack, Now One of the Largest Races in the World, Is Happening Tomorrow

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Over 500 paddlers will descend upon Chattanooga, Tennessee this weekend for the 6th Annual ‘Chattajack’ 31-mile endurance race, a classic event that’s become one of the largest and most beloved races in the world.

Tennessee’s 31 Mile ‘Chattajack’ Race Just Sold Out 550 Entries in Less Than Half a Day

Chattajack paddleboard raceOne of the most popular races in North America the world, the 31 mile odyssey in Tennessee known as Chattajack, sold out its 6th annual edition in a matter of hours today despite the event being six months away.

Entries for Chattajack 2017 opened at midnight last night and were sold out by 10am this morning, Monday May 1st. Race day is Saturday October 28th.   → READ MORE

Larry Cain Makes It a Three-Peat at Chattajack

Chattajack paddleboard raceLarry Cain has won Tennessee’s 31 mile Chattajack race, aka the “Inland Molokai”, for the third year in a row, outlasting Bart de Zwart in a repeat of last year’s result to claim victory in 5 hours, 14 minutes.

After the 2015 race was decided in a sprint to the line, the 1984 Olympic canoeing Gold Medalist broke free well before the finish to secure a big win, coming home 11 minutes clear of his Starboard teammate.   → READ MORE

Heads Up: Registration for the ‘Chattajack’ Race Opens at Midnight Tonight (…and It Usually Sells Out Pretty Quick)

Chattajack paddle race TennesseeJust a friendly public service announcement: Registration for the 2016 Chattajack race, the grueling, 31 mile “Inland Molokai” voyage through the Tennessee River Gorge, opens at midnight tonight.

And you better be quick: Last year the rego sold out in just a few days, putting Chattajack in exclusive company alongside the likes of Molokai and the Paris Crossing — races that sell out soon after they open.   → READ MORE

Chattjack Announces Dates for 2016 (Don’t Miss Out This Time…)

Chattajack stand up paddleboard raceJust days after the 2015 event wrapped up, the Chattajack paddleboard race has already announced its dates for next year.

ChattaJack is a 31 mile race journey of epic proportions through the beautiful Tennessee wilderness. But don’t let the beautiful imagery fool you: This race is brutal. The course record for the main 14′ division, set by Larry Cain this year, is just a couple of minutes under 6 hours. It’s long. It’s tough. It’s basically the Inland Molokai…   → READ MORE

Bart De Zwart’s Grueling 31 Mile Paddle through the Scenic Tennessee Countryside (Chattajack Recap)

Chattajack race TennesseeBoss Man’s note: This is a guest post from Bart de Zwart, probably the most famous “endurance athlete” in the world of stand up paddling. Bart is famous for his extreme expeditions across the globe, as well as regularly competing in the longest races on the planet.

Just last weekend he was at it again, paddling 31 miles down the Tennessee River Gorge for the annual Chattajack race. The Chattajack is fast becoming a big event on the calendar, with all 300 entries selling out in record time this year. Read Bart’s insights into this great race, then go and add it to your bucket list…   → READ MORE

Larry Cain Wins Tennessee’s 31 Mile “Chattajack” Race in Record Time

Chattajack stand up paddleboard raceOlympic gold medalist Larry Cain has won the 2015 Chattajack race, crossing the line in a course record of 4 hours 58 minutes, just seconds ahead of Bart de Zwart and Mike Tavares. In the women’s, 11 City Tour heroine Seychelle Hattingh crossed side by side with Kimberly Barnes to claim equal first.

Chattajack is unofficially known as the Inland Molokai because of its grueling length (31 miles) and the fact it sells out almost every year. The 2015 edition sold out in record time.   → READ MORE

44 Beautiful Images From Chattajack (The ‘Inland Molokai’)

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Check out these awesome images from the 2014 Chattajack paddle race, which was held in Tennessee on the weekend.

The event, which I say we nickname the Inland Molokai due to the painful similarities it shares with Molokai-2-Oahu (the course is close to 32 miles, there’s no help from the current and the last two miles were into a headwind…), winds its way down the incredibly-scenic Tennessee River Gorge.    → READ MORE

UPDATED RESULTS: Larry Cain Wins The Chattajack Race (aka The Inland Molokai)

Chattajack 31 stand up paddle raceResults from today’s Chattajack race in Chattanooga, Tennessee. The race has only just finished but it looks like Larry Cain has taken out the 14′ class and overall line honours ahead of Mike Tavares. We’ll try and round up the full results for you asap. UPDATE: Full results now available.

The Chattajack race winds along the Tennessee River Gorge and the course is supposedly 31 miles, however many a GPS have nudged closer to 32. That’s the same length of the Molokai-2-Oahu race. Combine that with the fact Chattajack also has a strong prone division racing at the same time as the SUPs and I say we call Chattajack the Inland Molokai.   → READ MORE