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Manhattan Island Marathon Swim

On June 6, 2009 NYC Swim will present the annual 28.5 Mile Manhattan Island Marathon Swim. This is our longest and premier event of the season, a full counter-clockwise circumnavigation of the island of Manhattan. (This is also the only around-Manhattan swim being offered in 2009. There are no 'Quiet Swims' this year.)

Registration for this event is closed and the waitlist is full. Please consider enrolling as a volunteer for this event.

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Date:06/06/2009 (Saturday) 
Distance:28.5 M 
Check In:
See Time Line  
Start:
7:00 AM Battery Park City - South Cove 
Directions to Start: courtesy of
  NYC Swim
Finish:
Battery Park City - South Cove 
Directions to Finish: courtesy of
  NYC Swim
Time Limit:9:30 hours 
Field Size:25 solo swimmers and up to 18 relay teams
which may have 2, 4, or 6 members only (42 Currently Enrolled - Enrollment Closed) 
Fees:Solo Swimmer $1,425
2 Person Relay Team $1,650
4 Person Relay Team $1,775
6 Person Relay Team $1,975
6 Person Corporate Relays $6,500

Enrollment for this event is now closed. 
Awards:Swimmers will be competing once again for a place on the Gallagher Cup, a beautifully crafted trophy from Tiffany's.
Male & Female Solo - Top 3 Overall
2 Person Relay - Top 1 Overall
4 Person Relay - Top 1 Overall
6 Person Relay - Top 1 Overall
Each successful swimmer & relay team will receive completion awards. 
Age Requirement:19 years and over (Younger swimmers may be accepted based on swimming experience). 
Experience Requirement:If you have not completed a Qualifying Swim before your application is submitted, your application may be approved subject to the satisfactory completion of the Qualifying Swim before April 15, 2009.
Solo Swimmers
Qualifying Swim includes:
  • 2007 or 2008 solo or 2-person relay finisher of the Manhattan Island Marathon swim, or
  • 2007 or 2008 finisher of the Ederle Swim, or
  • 2007 or 2008 finisher of the English Channel solo swim, or
  • 2007 or 2008 finisher of the Catalina Channel solo swim, or
  • Observed open-water swim that is 4 hours or longer in a Prescribed Water Temperature or colder, completed between May 24, 2008 and April 15, 2009, without a wetsuit. (Please see details and requirements about qualifying swims under Policies/Qualifications.)


  • 2-Person Relay Teams
    Qualifying swim includes:
  • Solo MIMS Requirements above, or
  • 2007 or 2008 finisher of a 4-Person MIMS relay, or
  • Observed open-water swim that is 2 hours and 30 minutes or longer in a Prescribed Water Tempurature or colder, completed between May 24, 2008 and April 15, 2009, without a wetsuit. (Please see details and requirements about qualifying swims under Policies/Qualifications.)


  • 4-Person and 6-Person Open Relay Teams
    Each person's Qualifying Swim should be done without a wetsuit and should include one of the following:
  • 2-person MIMS Relay Team Member requirements above, or
  • 2007 or 2008 finisher of a 6-Person MIMS Relay, or
  • 2007 or 2008 finisher of an open water swim race of at least 1500 meters in a Prescribed Water Temperature or colder, or
  • 2007 or 2008 finisher of a triathlon that includes a swim leg of at least 1500 meters in a Prescribed Water Temperature or colder, or
  • 2007 or 2008 finisher of a NYC Swim open water swim race of any length in a Prescribed Water Temperature or colder, or
  • Observed open water swim that is 30 minutes or longer in a Prescribed Water Temperature or colder, completed between May 24, 2008 and April 15, 2009. (Please see details and requirements about qualifying swims under Policies/Qualifications.)


  • Qualifying Swims: NYC Swim will rescind the acceptance of any solo applicant or relay team that fails to submit proof of completion of qualifying swim(s) by April 15, 2009. The complete application and all fees must be received by January 23, 2009. NYC Swim will not consider any incomplete applications for solo swimmers or relay teams that do not include payment in full of the entry fee. Applicants who have their acceptances rescinded will receive a refund of all fees they have paid, excluding the $100 processing fee. 
    Predicted Water Conditions:Seasonal Temperature 64/67F (17/19C). There can be a substantial amount of chop in the water from wind, tide action, and boat traffic. The waterways are salt water and there is shipping traffic. There may be random jetsam and flotsam in the waterways.  
    Previous Year's Water Temp:60.80 °F (16.0 °C) on 06/06/2008
    64.58 °F (18.1 °C) on 06/06/2007
    63.86 °F (17.7 °C) on 06/06/2006
    60.98 °F (16.1 °C) on 06/06/2005
    Not Available on 06/06/2004 

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