40 Bridges - double Manhattan Island swim

evmoevmo SydneyAdmin
edited July 2017 in Cheering Section

Tomorrow mid-day six intrepid marathoners will enter the water at Pier A for a 57-mile double circumnavigation of Manhattan Island, organized by NY Open Water:

Swim details:

GPS tracking:

Previous double (and triple) Manhattan swims:

10-11 July 1983 – Julie Ridge – double
8:42 + 12:20:41 = 21:02:41

28-29 August 1984 – Stacy Chanin – triple
33:29 (splits unknown)

28-29 August 2007 – Skip Storch – triple
8:13:16 + 12:43:01 + 11:56:13 = 32:52:30
First 2 laps in 20:56:17, which beat Julie Ridge’s record by 6 min.

17-18 September 2016 – Christian Jongeneel – double
8:19 + 11:56 = 20:15:57 - current double record



  • SpacemanspiffSpacemanspiff Dallas, TexasSenior Member

    This seems nearly superhuman.

    "Lights go out and I can't be saved
    Tides that I tried to swim against
    Have brought be down upon my knees
    Oh I beg, I beg and plead..."

  • IronMikeIronMike Northern VirginiaCharter Member

    Whole new perspective now. All I can say is Holy Jesus.

    We're all just carbon, water, starlight, oxygen and dreams

  • Good luck swimmers and crew! Have an amazing time and be sure to take in the city lights at night!!

  • SpacemanspiffSpacemanspiff Dallas, TexasSenior Member

    I keep waiting for Mo's signal to come back on line. Sadly, it does not appear that it will. Looks like they all struggled a bit to get into the Harlem. Anyone know the story on Mo?

    "Lights go out and I can't be saved
    Tides that I tried to swim against
    Have brought be down upon my knees
    Oh I beg, I beg and plead..."

  • swimmer25kswimmer25k Charter Member

    Didn't Marcos Diaz do a double 10 years ago or so?

    Looks like everyone is close together. By design to stay strong as a group, or just a coincidence? Hang tough.

  • evmoevmo SydneyAdmin
    edited July 2017

    Didn't Marcos Diaz do a double 10 years ago or so?



  • david_barradavid_barra NYCharter Member

    Still swimming against the current in the Harlem. Swimmers are making slow progress creeping along the Manhattan sea wall.
    Caught a couple of hours sleep.... sort of

    This is a loud and noisy city.


    ...anything worth doing is worth overdoing.

  • david_barradavid_barra NYCharter Member

    4 swimmers in the Hudson home stretch!


    ...anything worth doing is worth overdoing.

  • SpacemanspiffSpacemanspiff Dallas, TexasSenior Member



    "Lights go out and I can't be saved
    Tides that I tried to swim against
    Have brought be down upon my knees
    Oh I beg, I beg and plead..."

  • NYCBlueManNYCBlueMan Guest
    edited July 2017

    The video of Diaz swimming was take a few days before the swim. He did 1) wear a wetsuit on his swim; 2) he did sit on a dock at Gov Isl and also on a bridge stanchion in the Harlem River for rest, and 3) he did claim in the press it was a record (though he was repeatedly advised not to). Probably the only record that day was the 2k+ people who were waiting for him at the finish and the 100's of fans who literally shut down the Harlem river drive as he slowly made his way against the current on the second lap.
    Marcos was probably the fastest swimmer from a pure speed standpoint to attempt such a swim, but he had serious aversion to cold water. His home country funded the swim and when he returned to the DR, he was honored with a huge parade and a meeting with the country's leader.
    Fantastic athletic challenge - even if it was not a continuous swim or a non-wet suit swim etc, etc

  • Congratulations to the NYOW team for pulling this off. It is a major undertaking that few can imagine. There is easily another 2 1/2 hrs that can be shaved off the documented fastest time around the island, so i bet there will be a lot of demand in the future for such attempts. Dave and Rondi better rest up :)

  • dpm50dpm50 PA, U.S.Senior Member

    Just so full of admiration! Even one lap around Manhattan is still out of my wheelhouse. Two is amazing!

  • molly1205molly1205 Lincoln, NebraskaSenior Member

    WOW! Phenomenal achievement. Congrats swimmers!


    Molly Nance, Lincoln, Nebraska

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