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MANHATTAN ISLAND MARATHON SWIM (MIMS) FACTS IN BRIEF

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

FACTS:
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)