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MIMS Update: JACQUES TUSET LEADS AT THE HALF-WAY MARK IN THE 24TH ANNUAL MANHATTAN ISLAND MARATHON SWIM

Posted online: Saturday, 09 July 2005

U.S. swimmers follow in second, third and fourth places


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Faith Armonaitis, Manhattan Island Foundation
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MARATHON SWIM UPDATE:

JACQUES TUSET LEADS AT THE HALF-WAY MARK IN THE
24TH ANNUAL MANHATTAN ISLAND MARATHON SWIM
U.S. swimmers follow in second, third and fourth places


NEW YORK, N.Y., Saturday, July 9, 2005 Jacques Tuset, a 41-year old civil servant from Montpellier, France, has a commanding lead at the halfway mark of the 24th annual, 28.5 mile Manhattan Island Marathon Swim (MIMS.) Five hours into the event, he is passing under the Henry Hudson Bridge, leaving the Harlem River and entering the favorable currents of the Hudson River. Following in second through fourth places are U.S. swimmers Rebecca Fenson, San Francisco, CA, Emily Watts, Potomac, MD and David Blanke, Austin, TX. In fifth place is Igor Meskelis of Sao Paolo, Brazil.

Eton College B leads in the Relay Division, with corporate team CSFB and Team MooseNuggets following in second and third.

The race began at 9:10 a.m. from the South Cove in Battery Park City with 22 solo swimmers, seven four-person, four six-person and corporate relay teams. They represent five countries and 9 U.S. states. There are 14 male and eight female solo swimmers. Lead swimmers are expected to return to the South Cove at about 3:30 p.m., depending on currents.

The swimmers take a counterclockwise, Tide-assisted route around Manhattan, going up the East River, through the Harlem River to the northern tip of Manhattan, and down the Hudson River back to the South Cove in Battery Park City. The winner receives the Gallagher Cup, named for the event's founder, Drury Gallagher.

The Marathon Swim is being held as an unsanctioned, unofficial event due to the storm water run-off and recent torrential rains from the remnants of Hurricane Cindy.

The swim is sponsored by the Manhattan Island Foundation (MIF), in conjunction with Hudson River Park Conservancy, the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation, and financial services firms CSFB and UBS. It is organized by the MIF which each year makes a donation to help New York City neighborhoods establish and expand swimming programs for children, the Learn to Swim program, and to rehabilitate swimming pools. More information about MIMS and the MIF, including history and past results, can be found at www.nycswim.org.

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