Events Little Red Lighthouse Swim

Little Red Lighthouse Swim

This 5.85-Mile swim from Clinton Cove (Pier 96, at 56th Street) to 165th Street, within view of the Little Red Lighthouse, is one of our oldest and most popular events and features views of upper Manhattan, the Palisades, and the George Washington Bridge. Thanks to the expected tidal assist, this is a great way to get started with longer-distance swimming. Afterward, join your swim buddies for an informal, pay-as-you-go party at Coogan's Restaurant (4015 Broadway at 169th Street).

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Date:09/26/2009 (Saturday) 
Distance:5.85 M 
Check In:
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM - Hudson River Park at Clinton Cove (Pier 96), 56th Street. Photo ID Required.  
12:05 PM Hudson River Park - Clinton Cove (Pier 96), 56th Street 
Directions to Start: courtesy of
  NYC Swim
Fort Washington Park - Little Red Lighthouse at 165th Street 
Directions to Finish: courtesy of
  NYC Swim
Time Limit:3 hours 15 minutes 
Field Size:Maximum field of 250 (0 Currently Enrolled - Enrollment Closed) 
Fees:$70 February 19, 2009 (1:00 PM)
$80 February 20, - April 30, 2009
$90 May 1 - September 20, 2009
$100 September 21 - September 24, 2009
Entries open on February 19, 2009
and close (unless full prior) on Sep 24, 2009 at 12:05 PM. 
Awards:Awards will be presented approximately 20 minutes after the last swimmer exits the water.
3 - Overall (Male and Female)
3 - 15-19 (Male and Female)
3 - 20-29 (Male and Female)
3 - 30-39 (Male and Female)
3 - 40-49 (Male and Female)
3 - 50-59 (Male and Female)
3 - 60-over (Male and Female)
Medals will be provided to all participants. 
Age Requirement:15 years and over (younger swimmers may be accepted based on swimming experience).  
Experience Requirement:Safety concerns require us to ensure that every participant in a NYC Swim swim event has adequate swim experience; thus we have set certain qualifying standards for participation in each of our events. You may register for a NYC Swim event even if you have not completed a qualifying swim, and your enrollment will be approved upon verification of your qualifying swim details. The experience requirement for participating in the Little Red Lighthouse Swim is as follows:

The completion of any of these NYC Swim events: MIMS Solo Swim, MIMS 2-person Relay, Little Red Lighthouse Swim, or Governors Island Swim since January 1, 2007 or 2009 Park to Park Swim
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Any DOCUMENTED timed open water swim race of 2.4 Mile or more since January 1, 2007 [How to upload your results]
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Any DOCUMENTED Ironman-distance Triathlon with a timed 2.4 Mile Open Water Swim since January 1, 2007 [How to upload your results]
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Pool certification in a manner consistent with the sample template, which can be accessed on your user profile swimmer page, documenting the completion of a continuous 3-mile pool swim (4950 yards/4500 meters) in 2 hour and 15 minutes or better since January 1, 2009. Swim must take place in a traditional swimming pool; "Endless Pool" swims are not acceptable for qualification purposes. [How to upload pool certification]

All pool certifications and qualifying swim information must be received by NYC Swim at least 14 days prior to the date of the race (no later than September 12, 2009). Swimmers who enroll after September 12th must submit their qualification information to NYC Swim within 24 hours of enrollment. Participants' qualifications will not be accepted, reviewed or approved on race day. 
Predicted Water Conditions:Approximately 70 to 73 degrees. Swimmers wearing wetsuits/non-traditional swim attire will not be eligible for awards in this year's race. The full wetsuit policy can be viewed here.

There can be a substantial amount of chop in the water from wind & tide action. The waterways are salt-water and there is shipping traffic. There may be random jetsam & flotsam in the waterways. For additional information on swimming and water quality in the Hudson River, please see our FAQ page.  
Previous Year's Water Temp:71.24 °F (21.8 °C) on 09/26/2008
72.50 °F (22.5 °C) on 09/26/2007
69.08 °F (20.6 °C) on 09/26/2006
73.22 °F (22.9 °C) on 09/26/2005
Not Available on 09/26/2004 





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