Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California. Photo of Lexie Kelly by Photo by Don Le.

The crowds will be out for Saturday’s Swim The Suck event in Tennessee. The 10-mile swim is the brainchild and passion of channel swimmer Dr. Karah Nazor.

The race stretches down the winding Tennessee River Gorge in Chattanooga with staggering natural beauty throughout. The race has become so popular that it was sold out within 27 minutes.

The two-time men’s defending champion and former world lifesaving champion, 51-year-old Jim Dugan, is back along with a whole lotta others (see participants below). Dugan has continued to navigate the race faster and faster each year, finishing in 3 hours 22 minutes and winning overall in 2012, and finishing in 3 hours 9 minutes in 2013.

But he will hard pressed to keep up with Olympic 10K marathon swimmer and former world 25 km champion Alex Meyer who is now training in Tennessee and will undoubtedly set the pace among the amateur field of over 100 athletes.

1. Robert Alford (49)
2. Fred Arnold (53)
3. Lynn Ascione (47)
4. Dave Aurich (34)
5. Hadar Aviram (39)
6. Whitney Bacalman (31)
7. Andrea Ballard (42)
8. Chad Englebert (42)
9. Robin Batchelor (56)
10. Jamie Wilson (47)
11. Michelle Cherrick (46)
12. Mike Beaman (48)
13. Thad Beaty (40)
14. Alvin Becker (53)
15. Randy Beets (30)
16. Ellen Bennett (51)
17. Sharron Bielski (48)
18. John Brackett (65)
19. Ryan Buechner (31)
20. Bridget Elizabeth Bussy (33)
21. Melinda Camus (39)
22. Gayla Chalmer (49)
23. Michelle Cherrick (46)
24. Mitch Cobb (49)
25. David Conners (46)
26. Jeffrey Cross (44)
27. William Dailey (52)
28. Chad Englebert (42)
29. Tim Dexter (46)
30. Jim Dugan (51)
31. Curt Elverd (31)
32. Marti Erikson (62)
33. Lauren Gallo (29)
34. Trephina Galloway (42)
35. Deb Ginzl (36)
36. Dawn Ginzl (41)
37. Chris Greene (52)
38. Neil Hailstone (42)
39. Ali Hall (53)
40. Jason Hall (42)
41. Kathy Hart (51)
42. Patty Hermann (55)
43. Zane Hodge (58)
44. Tammy Holt (46)
45. Jason Howard (40)
46. Charlie Johnson (21)
47. Ned Jones (51)
48. Lexie Kelly (27) [shown above]
49. Josh Kercheval (33)
50. Stephen Key (47)
51. Susan Kirk (54)
52. Bethany Ulrey (58)
53. Gary Labine (53)
54. Tom Linthicum (56)

55. Bill Little (51)
56. Terry Loftus (56)
57. Annie Loveless (30)
58. Daniel Loveless (32)
59. Maria Mazzillo (33)
60. Jack McAfee (30)
61. Scott McDonald (48)
62. Hallie McFadden (51)
63. Ashley Meuser (28)
64. Debra Mills (49)
65. David Miner (46)
66. Raymond Mooney (46)
67. Karah Nazor (37)
68. Alex Nash (28)
69. Kent Nicholas (47)
70. Matthew Offenberg (41)
71. Jamie Ann Philips (29)
72. Franco Prezioso (48)
73. Heather Rietz (46)
74. John Mark Roberts (36)
75. Stephen Rouch (34)
76. Patrick Rutledge (41)
77. Mike Schuttinga (52)
78. Tommy Schwartz 54
79. Carl Selles (67)
80. Jon Shaver (46)
81. John Simon (45)
82. Casey Skorput (29)
83. Elizabeth Sloan (38)
84. Jenny Smith (40)
85. Jerry Smith (49)
86. Ben Sollman (24)
87. David Steves (52)
88. Linda Stewart (26)
89. Sandy Swobada (50)
90. Thomas Syzek (59)
91. Andrienne Taren (27)
92. Eric Thompson (36)
93. Chirag Tolia (29)
94. Joe Ulrey (56)
95. Amanda Ulrey (23)
96. Michael Ulrey (25)
97. Andrew Ulrey (25)
98. Jenny Von (24)
99. Ann Von Spiegelfeld (53)
100. Rick Walker (64)
101. Jon Webster (42)
102. Haleigh Werner (45)
103. Cecilia Wigal (51)
104. Curt Zacharias (60)
105. Alex Meyer (26)

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