A fabled course, a swim pioneer and icon, and a new swim date come together to make this legendary marathon swim even more spectacular this year. From the southern tip of Manhattan through bustling New York Harbor and under the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, this 17.5-mile swim ends with a beach finish in Sandy Hook, New Jersey. Along the way, swimmers, paddlers and boat observers will see the Statue of Liberty, Governors Island, the beaches of Staten Island, beautiful lighthouses, the Ambrose Channel shipping lane, and a multitude of other sights.
While in past years, swimmers have had to contend with cold water among the other variables, the move of the swim date to August 18 for the 2012 edition means a swim through seasonably temperate seas and no temperature requirement for qualifying swims. And for the first time, five two-person relays will join the field and experience this celebrated swim course.
Policies and a preliminary Schedule for 2012 are now available.