As increasing numbers of swimmers jump into the waters around Manhattan each year, interest in the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim continues to rise. A perennial favorite of solo swimmers chasing the coveted Triple Crown of Marathon Swimming (MIMS, English Channel, Catalina Channel), the event has also become a huge draw for relay teams seeking a chance to swim one of the most memorable marathon courses in the world. We've added a second MIMS to the schedule in 2011: the Manhattan Island Relays +1 on July 16. This event is by invitation only, with participants limited to teams that originally applied to swim in the June 18 MIMS.

    A field limited almost exclusively to relays will allow teams to know exactly who (and where) their competition is, and July's warmer water temperatures will be much friendlier to team members who may not have the cold water training and racing experience of many of the solo swimmers. And if the event is a success? There's a possibility that 2012 will usher in a new MIMS framework: 2 swims per year. More opportunities for swimmers to get into the water — just what we like to see!

    Come down to Pier A in Battery Park to see the start and/or the finish OR check out some of the great viewing spots to be found along the course. If you prefer to watch online, check out our GPS Tracking page.

    07/16/2011 (Saturday) Backup:07/17/2011 (Sunday) 
    Distance:28.5 M 
    Check In:
    See Time Line  
    8:30 AM Pier A, Battery Park (In Water); Boat Load at Pier 25 transport to the start via boat 
    Directions to Start: courtesy of
      NYC Swim
    Pier A, Battery Park (In Water) 
    Directions to Finish: courtesy of
      NYC Swim
    Time Limit:9:30 hours 
    Field Size: (19 Currently Enrolled - Enrollment Closed) 
    Age Requirement:By invitation only. 
    Experience Requirement:If you have not completed a Qualifying Swim before your application is submitted, your application may be approved subject to the satisfactory completion of the Qualifying Swim before May 31, 2011.
    4-Person and 6-Person Relay Teams
    Each person's Qualifying Swim should be done without a wetsuit and should include one of the following:
  • 2-person MIMS Relay Team Member requirements above, or
  • 2009 or 2010 finisher of a 6-Person MIMS Relay, or
  • 2009 or 2010 finisher of a 6-Person English Channel Relay, or
  • 2009 or 2010 finisher of a 6-Person Catalina Channel Relay, or
  • 2009 or 2010 finisher of an open water swim race of at least 1500 meters in a Prescribed Water Temperature or colder, or
  • 2009 or 2010 finisher of a triathlon that includes a swim leg of at least 1500 meters in a Prescribed Water Temperature or colder, or
  • 2009 or 2010 finisher of a NYC Swim open water swim race of any length in a Prescribed Water Temperature or colder, or
  • Observed open water swim that is 30 minutes or longer in a Prescribed Water Temperature or colder, completed between May 29, 2010 and May 31, 2011. (Details and requirements about qualifying swims for the 2011 Manhattan Island Relays +1 are posted here.)
  • Qualifying Swims: NYC Swim will rescind the acceptance of any applicant that fails to submit proof of completion of qualifying swim(s) by May 31, 2011. The complete application and all fees must be received by January 23, 2011. NYC Swim will not consider any incomplete applications that do not include payment in full of the entry fee. Applicants who have their acceptances rescinded will receive a refund of all fees they have paid, excluding the $150 processing fee and all credit card transaction fees
    Predicted Water Conditions:Seasonal Temperature 68/75F (20/23.9C). There can be a substantial amount of chop in the water from wind, tide action, and boat traffic. The waterways are salt water and there is shipping traffic. There may be random jetsam and flotsam in the waterways. 
    Previous Year's Water Temp:74.66 °F (23.7 °C) on 07/16/2010
    71.96 °F (22.2 °C) on 07/16/2009
    74.48 °F (23.6 °C) on 07/16/2008
    70.70 °F (21.5 °C) on 07/16/2007
    69.08 °F (20.6 °C) on 07/16/2006 



    Amy Bolger


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