Events Brooklyn Bridge Swim

Brooklyn Bridge Swim

Usually we swim alongside a coastline, sometimes around islands, but rarely do we get to cross a channel. This is your chance to swim your way from Manhattan across the East River to Brooklyn, in the shadow of the most famous bridge in the world. To add to the allure, teams from Brooklyn and Manhattan will compete in the Battle of the Bridge. After the swim, plan to enjoy an informal, pay-as-you-go brunch at the nearby Bubby's.

Swimmer registration is now closed. We have received numerous inquiries from swimmers interested in being added to a waitlist. We don't have a fair way to offer a waitlist option at this time and will not do so this year.

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Date:09/06/2008 (Saturday) 
Distance:1 K 
Check In:
7:45 - 8:15 AM - East River Park, Dover Street/South Street. Photo ID Required.  
8:45 AM East River Park - Dover Street/South Street 
Directions to Start: courtesy of
  NYC Swim
Brooklyn Bridge Park 
Directions to Finish: courtesy of
  NYC Swim
Time Limit:45 minutes 
Field Size:Maximum field of 315 (0 Currently Enrolled - Enrollment Closed) 
Fees:$60 Dec 21-31 (1:00 PM)
$75 Jan 1-April 30
$85 May 1-August 15 (if space is available)
$95 Aug 16 - Sept 3 (special offering and if space is available)
Entries Open on Dec 21, 2007
and Close (unless full prior) on Sept 3, 2008 at 
Awards:Awards will be presented approximately 20 minutes after the last swimmer exits the water. 3 - Overall (Male and Female)
1 - 15-19 (Male and Female)
1 - 20-29 (Male and Female)
1 - 30-39 (Male and Female)
1 - 40-49 (Male and Female)
1 - 50-59 (Male and Female)
1 - 60-over (Male and Female) Medals for all participants. 
Age Requirement:15 years and over 
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. The experience requirement for participating in the Brooklyn Bridge Swim is as follows:

The completion of any NYC Swim open water swim, Aquathlon or open water swim clinic since January 1, 2006
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Any DOCUMENTED timed open water swim race of 1.5 miles or more since January 1, 2006 [How to upload your results]
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Any DOCUMENTED Triathlon with a timed 1.5 mile or longer open water swim since January 1, 2006 [How to upload your results]
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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 2-mile pool swim (3300 yards/3000 meters) in 1 hour and 30 minutes or better since January 1, 2008. Swim must take place in a traditional swimming pool; "Endless Pool" swims are not acceptable for qualification purposes. [How to upload pool certificate]

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 August 23, 2008). Swimmers who enroll after August 23rd 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 60 to 65 degrees. Wetsuits 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:73.76 °F (23.2 °C) on 09/06/2007
70.52 °F (21.4 °C) on 09/06/2006
Not Available on 09/06/2005
Not Available on 09/06/2004
Not Available on 09/06/2003