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Posted online: Tuesday, 01 August 1995

WHAT: 14th annual 28.5 mile swim counterclockwise, Tide-assisted swim around Manhattan Island. This year, it's the highlight of the first-ever New York City Water Festival to celebrate water. First MIMS swim was on September 14, 1982, with 12 swimmers. Counting this year, more than 350 swimmers have participated.

WHEN: Sunday, August 13, 1995
Start: 9:00 a.m.-- Individuals, 9:15 a.m.--Relay Teams
Finish: Beginning approximately 4:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m.

WHERE: Start and finish at Gangway 5, Battery Park, Lower Manhattan (Water Festival to be held in Battery Park as well)

WHO: 42 swimmers -- 18 individuals and four six-person relay teams
Individuals: 12 men, 6 women Relay Teams: 18 men, 6 women

Swimmers represent the United States, Canada, Mexico and the United Kingdom and range in age from 22 to 59

Water temperature ranges from 65 degrees to 75 degrees

Overall record for swimming around Manhattan: 5 hours, 45 minutes, 25 seconds, set by Shelley Taylor-Smith, of Australia, on July 14, 1995

Men's record: 5 hours, 53 minutes, 57 seconds, set by Kris Rutford, of Lincoln, Nebraska, in August 1992 MIMS

First Recorded Swim Around Manhattan: Robert Dowling, 18, on September 5, 1915. His time was 13 hours, 45 minutes.

First Woman to Complete Swim Around Manhattan: Ida Elinsky, on September 5, 1916. Her time was 11 hours, 35 minutes.

Oldest MIMS Competitor: Dextor Woodford, 77, in 1991

Youngest MIMS Competitor: Cody Brammer, 12, in 1988

Other marathon "sister" swims: English Channel (21 miles), Catalina Channel, California (21 miles)