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Thrill-seekers go 'Over the Edge' for Chattanooga's River Rocks

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CHATTANOOGA (WRCB) -- It's that time of year again, as thousands will descend on Chattanooga for the annual River Rocks outdoor festival. To kick-off the ten day event, people are going 'Over the Edge,' rappelling off the Suntrust building downtown.

"It's a controlled rappel, but it takes nerves of steel to step over edge," says River Rocks coordinator Carla Pritchard.

To kick start the annual River Rocks outdoor festival, thrill-seekers made the daring journey down the side of Chattanooga's Suntrust building.

"This is 20 stories high, so about 280 feet," says Pritchard.

This year's festival will be jam-packed with more than one hundred events, with everything from competitive cycling to adventurous rock climbing.

"We are known all over the nation as a great outdoor destination," says Pritchard. "We've got our rivers and our mountains and streams and trails all around us."

Those going 'Over the Edge' are helping raise money for the cause behind the festival, land conservation.

Channel 3's very own Greg Glover took the leap.

"Take one small step for man, one giant leap for the viewers of Channel 3," he says, before rappelling down the building.

Bride Meredith Lewallen took the plunge as well, just two days before her wedding.

"It was fantastic. I had a blast! It was a lot of fun," she says. "River Rocks does a lot for Chattanooga, a lot for land conservation."

An experienced rappellers, Meredith says she couldn't turn down the challenge of scaling down the side of a building.

"It was a little bit different, the longest decent before this was about a hundred feet, so I just about tripled it today. And obviously, I wasn't wearing a dress. So that made it a little bit more complicated, but fun at the same time," says Lewallen.

It's a fun thrill to help promote everything Chattanooga has to offer.

"It's a great opportunity for Chattanooga to get our name out there in a very positive way and a way for locals hopefully to get involved," says Pritchard.

You still have a chance to see more people rappel 'Over the Edge.'

Tuesday, starting at 9 in the morning, the fun begins again with about 65 people rappelling all day long.

For more information on all the River Rocks events, click here.

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