Manhattan Island Marathon Swim
Posted online: Saturday, 03 July 2004
Saturday, July 3, 2004
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The Big Three long-distance open water swims are:
the English Channel, the Catalina Channel, and the
Manhattan Island Marathon Swim (MIMS).
The MIMS competitors come from 11 U.S. states as well as
Australia, the U.K., the Dominican Republic, Guatemala,
There are 24 solo swimmers: four women and 20 men.
Emily Watts, who won MIMS in the last official swimming
in 2002, will seek to defend her title this year. The solo
swimmers range in age from Mallory Cook, an 18-year-old
high school swimmer from Indiana, to Henry Eckstein,
a 56-year-old New Yorker who has completed MIMS
four times. One competitor, Andy Hewitt, is a United
States Marine. He will return to active duty in Iraq
after the swim.
At 8 a.m. on Saturday, July 3, 2004, the Manhattan Island
Foundation (MIF) will stage the 23rd edition of the 28.5 mile
swim around Manhattan. The swimmers will start at South
Cove in Battery Park. They will swim with the Current,
around the island counterclockwise, going up the East River
to the top of Manhattan, across the Harlem River, down the
west side in the Hudson River, and emerge at South Cove.
There is a 10 hour time limit to the race, after which swimmers
will be pulled from the water. Each member of the relay teams
will swim 45 minutes on the first leg and all consecutive legs
will be 30 minutes. Awards will be given to solo swimmers
and the relay teams.
The 24 solo swimmers are:
David P. Blanke, 44, Attorney in Dallas, TX.
Laura Colette, 40, San Jose, CA.
Mallory R. Cook, 18, Student from Plymouth, IN.
Mark D. Crowther, 37, Technical Officer-Horticulture from Perth, WA.
Christopher S. Derks, 34, FBI special agent in Dallas, TX.
Marcos A. Diaz, 29, Magazine Editor from Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Henry Eckstein, 56, C.I.O of york-claims.com in New York, NY.
Kevin J. Flynn, 43, Computer Programmer from Westampton, NJ.
Andy W. Hewitt, 41, USMC of San Diego, CA.
Bill Hoehn, 53, President of Hoehn Motors in Carlsbad, CA.
Matthew C. Johnson, 41, Banker from Golden Valley, MN.
Loren F. McCoy, 48, Business Broker Manager for Unilever in Redlands, CA.
Michael W. Miller, 50, UBS Financial Services in Honolulu, HI.
William W. Newbern, 49, Real Estate in San Diego, CA.
Rendy Lynn L. Opdycke, 20, Student from La Jolla, CA.
Dr. Ross Reichard, 33, Forensic Pathology Fellow from Albuquerque, NM.
Mark H. Rosenberg, 39, Company Director in London, UK.
Kristian H. Rutford, 44, CPA in Lincoln, NE.
James W. Scott, 31, RBS Banker from London, UK.
Jose Serra, 30, IT Manager in Guatemala
R. Cristian Vergara, 46, Accountant from Brooklyn, NY.
Emily Watts, 36, Homemaker from Sparks, MD.
Joseph MN Wolf, 36, Computer Applications Analyst in Denver, CO.
Paul Uribe Ziellenbach, 28, Mechanical Engineer in Mexico City, MX.
In addition to the 24 solo swimmers, there are
10 open relay teams and 5 corporate relay teams,
each with 2, 4, or 6 swimmers.
2 person relay teams:
Patrick L. McLeroth
4 person relay teams:
SOUTH END ROWING CLUB
Ron J. Avignone
David M. Fabian
Elizabeth M. Leahy
James S. Miller
UCD SWIM TEAM
Aaron M. Altura
Joshua J. Raymond
6 person relay teams:
HOLY CROSS ALUMNI SWIMMERS
Frank P. Bongiormo
John P. Margiotta
Christopher P. O'Connell
George R. Tarr
Michael J. Toner
Lisa A. Gilson
David C. James
Paul J. Kiell
Bonnie A. Schwartz
Miriam S. Tuliao
LADIES OF THE CLUB
Lori H. Carena
Kathleen E. Finneran
Sonia M. Ospina
Brian W. Ellis
Andrew R. Geiszler
Shannon M. Prendergast
Paul J. Coughlin
Matt R. Newman
Laurie J. Quinn
Leslie L. Blanke
Sheila A. Peters
Cheryl L. Ridall
Jane S. Scott
Julie C. Shushtari
The 5 corporate relay teams are:
Credit Suisse First Boston
The majority of the Manhattan Island Foundation's
proceeds go to the Learn to Swim program and the
continual cleaning and protection of New York City's rivers,
through such organizations as Clearwater. We are grateful
to our sponsors, including the Hudson River Park Trust,
Battery Park City Parks, City of New York Parks & Recreation,
Manhattan Kayak Company.
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