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Chili Run

  • Date : February 18th, 2024
  • Pre-Run: February 17th, 2024
  • Place : Celebration park
  • Time : 10am
  • Run Chairman: Chet & Debbie Thorson / Anna Beville


The WWA hosts an annual Chili Run in late February on the Snake River below Swan Falls Dam in southern Idaho. Participants launch from Celebration park boat ramp in the morning and travel up the Snake River through the “Graveyard” section of the river to a point below Swan Falls Dam for the main event — the chili contest. The Chili Run is a one-day affair. Activities at the contest site are usually over by early afternoon, and most participants are back at the Celebration park dock by mid to late afternoon.

This run is not difficult, but there are several sections in this part of the river that are quite technical. Those who are not familiar with the route generally travel up with a leader.

2023 winners:

  • Best Overall – Anna Beville 
  • Best Dessert – Terri Dickerson 
  • Best Side – Jeff and Sheri Creel 
  • Most Unique – Jeff and Sheri Creel 
  • Hottest – Dave Dickerson
  • Best Name – Levi Dickerson 

Checklist to chair this run

Chili Run