Spectacular new course! Another year, another amazing experience.

    On September 24, the Little Red Lighthouse returns as one of our oldest, most popular events. Last year’s 10-kilometer course was a big hit, and we think we've found a way to top that.

    Imagine a touch of fall in the air, the leaves beginning to turn, as you start the race by jumping from a ferry boat off Riverdale. Continue the scenic journey, swimming along the Palisades, past Spuyten Duyvil, the Cloisters, and the Inwood Canoe Club, then under the George Washington Bridge, past the Little Red Lighthouse and Riverbank State Park before heading in to finish at Fairway (West Harlem Piers Park at West 130th Street) and the warm reception from the ever growing and always enthusiastic NYC Swim community.

    Though the expected tidal assist is slower than last year, the Little Red Lighthouse swim is still a great way to get started with longer open water distance swimming.

    Date:09/24/2011 (Saturday) 
    Distance:10 K 
    Check In:
    6:15 AM - 7:30 AM at West Harlem Piers Park (directly across from Fairway Market).  
    8:40 AM In-water start after entering the Hudson via a ferry boat off of Riverdale (South of W 254th St.) 
    Directions to Start: courtesy of
      NYC Swim
    Kayak dock at West 130th Street and the Hudson River 
    Time Limit:3 hours 15 minutes 
    Field Size:350 (0 Currently Enrolled - Enrollment Closed) 
    Fees:$75 December 15 – December 25, 2010
    $85 December 26, 2010 – January 31, 2011
    $100 February 1 – August 31, 2011
    $110 September 1 – September 18, 2011
    $125 September 19 – September 22, 2011

    Entries open on December 15, 2010 at 1:00 PM EST
    and close (unless full prior) on September 22, 2011 at 1:00 PM EST.
    Awards: We will try to present awards approximately 20 minutes after the last swimmer exits the water.

    Overall – 3 Female/3 Male
    19 and under – 1 Female/3 Male
    20 to 24 – 2 Female/2 Male
    25 to 29 – 5 Female/3 Male
    30 to 34 – 4 Female/3 Male
    35 to 39 – 3 Female/5 Male
    40 to 44 – 5 Female/5 Male
    45 to 49 – 4 Female/5 Male
    50 to 54 – 2 Female/5 Male
    55 to 59 – 2 Female/5 Male
    60 to 64 – 2 Female/2 Male
    65 to 69 – 1 Female/1 Male

    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. It is your responsibility to submit qualification information. NYC Swim does not provide refunds or transfers for swimmers who are not approved to participate in an event.

    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, 2009 OR the 2009 or 2010 Park to Park Swim
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    Any documented timed open water swim race of 2.4 Mile or more since January 1, 2009 [How to upload your results] [What type of results can I list in my profile and use to qualify for an NYC Swim event?]
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    Any documented Ironman-distance Triathlon with a timed 2.4 Mile Open Water Swim since January 1, 2009 [How to upload your results] [What type of results can I list in my profile and use to qualify for an NYC Swim event?]
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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, 2011. To provide the best indicator of open water ability and a solid basis for comparison with other swimmers’ pool times, the pool swim should ideally be done in a deep-water, competition-length pool. [Where to do a pool certification swim] [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 10, 2011). Swimmers who enroll after September 10th 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 68 to 74 degrees. Wetsuits/non-traditional swim attire may be worn but may affect a swimmer's eligibility for awards. 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:69.62 °F (20.9 °C) on 09/24/2010
    73.40 °F (23.0 °C) on 09/24/2009
    72.32 °F (22.4 °C) on 09/24/2008
    72.14 °F (22.3 °C) on 09/24/2007
    69.44 °F (20.8 °C) on 09/24/2006 





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