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Stars & Stripes: Aquathlon and Swim

Spectacular new course and location and just in time for triathlon season! Scheduled for a month before the extremely popular NYC Triathlon, here's a chance to practice open water swimming and race transitions. This fun and challenging multi-sport event combines a 1.5-km swim in the water off Manhattan from Randall’s Island Park and a flat, fast, scenic shoreline 5-km run in the shadow of four bridges, and with breathtaking views of the Hell Gate and the East River.

Don't run? Enroll in the swim-only race on the same day (formerly known as the Riverside Park Tune Up Swim) or help out as a volunteer.

07/09/2011 (Saturday) Backup:07/10/2011 (Sunday) 
Distance:Swim 1.5 K / Run 5 K 
Check In:
8:45 AM - 9:45 AM  
10:45 AM West side of Randall's Island Park, on the sandy beach across from East 109th Street. 
Directions to Start: courtesy of
  NYC Swim
Swim and Run: West side of Randall's Island Park, across 109th in Manhattan. 
Time Limit:Swim: 1 hour.
Finish: 2 hours.
Race time limit of 2 hours. 
Field Size:500 (0 Currently Enrolled - Enrollment Closed) 
Fees: Aquathlon
$75 December 15 – December 25, 2010
$90 December 26, 2010 – January 31, 2011
$105 February 1 – May 31, 2011
$110 June 1 – July 4, 2011
$125 July 5 – July 7, 2011

Swim Only
$55 December 15 – December 25, 2010
$60 December 26, 2010 – January 31, 2011
$70 February 1 – May 31, 2011
$75 June 1 – July 4, 2011
$90 July 5 – July 7, 2011

Entries open on December 15, 2010 at 1:00 PM EST
and close (unless full prior) on July 7, 2011 at 1:00 PM.
Awards:Awards will be presented sometime after the run course officially closes at the swim start/run finish.

Top Overall: 3 Female/3 Male
00-19: 3 Female/2 Male
20-29: 3 Female/3 Male
30-39: 3 Female/3 Male
40-49: 3 Female/3 Male
50-59: 3 Female/3 Male
60-69 3 Female/3 Male
70-00 3 Female/3 Male

Top Overall: 3 Female/3 Male
00-19: 2 Female/2 Male
20-29: 2 Female/2 Male
30-39: 2 Female/2 Male
40-49: 2 Female/2 Male
50-59: 2 Female/2 Male
60-69 2 Female/2 Male
70-00 2 Female/2 Male

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. It is your responsibility to submit qualification information. NYC Swim does not provide refunds or transfers for swimmers who are not approved to participate in an event.

The experience requirement for participating in the Stars & Stripes Aquathlon and Swim is as follows:

The completion of any NYC Swim open water swim or Aquathlon since January 1, 2009
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Any documented timed open water swim race of 3/4 mile or more since January 1, 2009 [How to upload your results] [What type of results can I list in my profile and use to qualify for an NYC Swim event?]
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Any documented sprint triathlon with a timed 750-meter (.47-mile) or longer open water swim since January 1, 2009 [How to upload your results] [What type of results can I list in my profile and use to qualify for an NYC Swim event?]
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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, 2011. To provide the best indicator of open water ability and a solid basis for comparison with other swimmers’ pool times, the pool swim should ideally be done in a deep-water, competition-length pool. [Where to do a pool certification swim] [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 June 25, 2011). Swimmers who enroll after June 25th 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 64 to 73 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. 
Previous Year's Water Temp:70.70 °F (21.5 °C) on 07/09/2010
71.24 °F (21.8 °C) on 07/09/2009
72.86 °F (22.7 °C) on 07/09/2008
68.18 °F (20.1 °C) on 07/09/2007
64.22 °F (17.9 °C) on 07/09/2006 



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