DownRiver Rip 2019 Recap

May 24, 2019 Posted by SwimRVA

Author: Gerard Miller

The third year of the DownRiver Rip was filled with sunshine and fast swims! Athletes swam down river to Robious Landing, using the currents of the mighty James River to propel them along the way. Swimmers were challenged to complete a 4.4-mile or 2.5 mile swim,  some of the swimmers were shuttled to Watkins Landing to begin the 4.4 mile swim, and the 2.5 mile swimmers boarded boats to depart for an extraction point fit for a beautiful open water start.


“This was the fastest DownRiver Rip in history! We had ideal conditions with both water flow and temperature and it showed. This made for happy swimmers, kayakers and safety boaters. All-in-all a great day.”

– Jay Peluso (Race Director/ SwimRVA Hammerheads Head Coach)


Swimmers set new standards of speed for this event! Check out all of the results here: RACE RESULTS


DownRiver Rip first timer, Yali Fu, had this to say about her experience as a participant:

“I think the James River is wonderful…it’s very very fast and exciting!”



Check out the photo gallery to see some of the moments from the DownRiver Rip 2019

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