Events Great Hudson River Swim

Great Hudson River Swim

On May 23, 2009, NYC Swim will present the Great Hudson River Swim (formerly the Lady Liberty Swim). The swim starts at Christopher Street Pier (Pier 45), Hudson River Park and ends in the North Cove Yacht Harbor, Battery Park City.

After the swim, join the NYC Swim Staff for an informal, pay-as-you-go brunch at the nearby Steamer's Landing.

Enroll as a SwimmerEnroll as a Volunteer
05/23/2009 (Saturday) Backup:05/24/2009 (Sunday) 
Distance:1.3 M 
Check In:
8:45 - 9:30 AM at Pier 45, Hudson River Park @ Christopher Street.  
10:15 AM Christopher Street Pier (Pier 45), Hudson River Park to North Cove Yacht Harbor, Battery Park City. 
Directions to Start: courtesy of
  NYC Swim
Battery Park City - North Cove Yacht Harbor 
Directions to Finish: courtesy of
  NYC Swim
Time Limit:45 minutes 
Field Size:Maximum field of 250 (0 Currently Enrolled - Enrollment Closed) 
Fees:$40 February 19, 2009 (1:00PM)
$50 February 20 - April 30, 2009
$60 May 1 - May 17, 2009
$75 May 18 - May 21, 2009
Entries open on February 19, 2009
and close (unless full prior) on May 21, 2009 at 10:15 AM. 
Awards:Awards will be presented approximately 20 minutes after the last swimmer exits the water.
3 - Overall (Male and Female)
3 - 15-19 (Male and Female)
3 - 20-29 (Male and Female)
3 - 30-39 (Male and Female)
3 - 40-49 (Male and Female)
3 - 50-59 (Male and Female)
3 - 60-over (Male and Female)
Medals for all participants. 
Age Requirement:15 years and over (younger swimmers may be accepted based on swimming experience).  
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 Great Hudson River Swim is as follows:

The completion of any NYC Swim open water swim or Aquathlon since January 1, 2007
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Any DOCUMENTED timed open water swim race of 3/4 Mile or more since January 1, 2007 [How to upload your results]
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Any DOCUMENTED Sprint Triathlon with a timed 750-meter (.47-mile) or longer open water swim since January 1, 2007 [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 1-mile pool swim (1650 yards/1500 meters) in 45 minutes or better since January 1, 2009. Swim must take place in a traditional swimming pool; "Endless Pool" swims are not acceptable for qualification purposes. [How to upload pool certification]

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 May 9, 2009). Swimmers who enroll after May 9th 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 55 to 60 degrees. Wetsuits/non-traditional swim attire 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:57.20 °F (14.0 °C) on 05/23/2008
59.36 °F (15.2 °C) on 05/23/2007
57.38 °F (14.1 °C) on 05/23/2006
55.58 °F (13.1 °C) on 05/23/2005
Not Available on 05/23/2004 



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