Rain not affecting Saturday morning's ChattaJack 31 competition

ChattaJack 31 at Ross's Landing Friday afternoon. (Image: WTVC)

Friday's downpours were a pain for afternoon and evening commuters, but a paddle sport race on the Tennessee River is anywhere but dead in the water.

According to Chief Meteorologist David Glenn, Chattanooga saw an inch of rain leading up to our 5 p.m. newscast Friday. The rain may come as a surprise to some, considering the dry summer Chattanooga has seen.

That same rain doesn't seem to be a problem for the ChattaJack 31, a paddle sport event bringing more than 600 contestants from all over the South to the Chattanooga area. It begins at Ross's Landing, and ends at Hales Bar Marina.

This 31-mile paddling event won't be slowing down because of rain expected Saturday, says one contestant.

"It’s a water sport. You get wet... a bit of rain doesn’t make too much of difference."

Bruce Poacher says he trains in conditions worse than what he'll experience Saturday on the Tennessee River. The South African native turned Tennessee resident says the kayaking experience at the ChattaJack 31 is not like what he's seen back home.

"It’s a lot bigger...it's funny, our rivers in South Africa are a lot shorter a lot narrower. This is a fantastic river."

Event organizers say the event won't be impacted in the slightest, and contestants are prepared to paddle through rain. One sponsor saying he's seen much worse conditions in the past.

"I’ve seen it raining with storm and lightning, high waves - they race anyway. It’s a part of the sport."

You can see a schedule of events and learn more about the race on their website here.

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