The Fifth and Final Portland Challenge unfolded under gray skies and amidst concerns of unsanitary swimming conditions. Nevertheless, 134 participants signed up, tromped down to the green-brown waters of the Willamette River then crossed to the other side without money, motors or bridges. A wise man once said: “You go swimming in the river you have, not the river you want.”
Although last month’s event was billed as the “Fifth and Final Portland Challenge,” event organizers explained that the August 19, 2007, incident, was more like “the fifth in a series of five.” Which means? The Portland Challenge will challenge on in new, exciting, and unpredictable ways in the years to come! Stay tuned for further developments.