Manhattan Island Marathon Swim (MIMS)
Posted online: Saturday, 03 July 2004
Facts in Brief
23rd annual 28.5 mile swim around Manhattan Island.
The Tide assisted counterclockwise race is the longest
marathon swim held on an annual basis in the world.
The first MIMS in Sept. 14, 1982 had 12 swimmers.
The winner receives the Gallagher Cup, named after
the founder, Drury Gallagher.
Saturday, July 3, 2004
Finish: approximately 3PM until 6PM (10 hour time limit)
Start/Finish - South Cove, Battery Park in lower Manhattan
24 solo swimmers
10 open relay teams
5 corporate relay teams
representing 11 US states as well as Australia, the U.K,
the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, and Mexico.
Water Temperature: 70 degrees Fahrenheit
MIMS Record: 1999 by Tobie Smith 25, of Austin, Texas in 6:32:45
Overall Record for Swimming Around Manhattan: July 14, 1995 by
Shelley Taylor-Smith of Australia in 5:45:25 (special swim)
Men's Record: 1992 by Kris Rutford of Lincoln, Nebraska in 5:53:57
First Recorded Attempt to Swim Around Manhattan: Sept. 5, 1915
by 18 year-old Robert Dowling, in 13 hours 45 minutes
First Female Recorded Attempt: Sept. 5, 1916 by Ida Elinsky
in 11 hours 35 minutes
Oldest Competitor: Dextor Woodford, 77, in 1991
Youngest Competitor: Cody Brammer, 12, in 1988
The Big Three Swims are: The English Channel (21 miles)
The Catalina Channel, California (21 miles) and The
Manhattan Island Marathon Swim (MIMS-28.5 miles)
for additional history and information visit - nycswim.org
press contact: Capri@nycswim.org