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 
    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. 



    Amy Bolger