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Manhattan Match Race and Record Attempt

On Wednesday, September 28, the records for the fastest swims around Manhattan (overall, fastest man and woman) will come under fire as the sun sets during NYC Swim's Manhattan Match Race and Record Attempt. Two top finishers from recent Manhattan swims will go after the slate of records for swimming 28.5 miles around Manhattan, including the ultimate and top one of 5:45 set by Australia's Shelly Taylor-Smith in 1995.

We expect the rivals to race for almost five-and-a-half hours and finish within arm strokes of one another. It should be a very exciting day as the competitors battle for a spot in the record books. Follow along via GPS tracking (from the escort kayaks) and Twitter. To experience the event live, head to the waterfront to watch the swimmers speed by. Estimated times:

Spuyten Duyvil: 3:45-4:15 p.m.
George Washington Bridge: 4:15-4:35 p.m.
Holland Tunnel Vent: 5:35-5:55 p.m.
Battery/Pier A: 5:50-6:10 p.m.
East 31st Street: 6:45-7:00 p.m.
103rd Street/Finish: 7:25-7:45 p.m.

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09/28/2011 (Wednesday) Backup:09/29/2011 (Thursday) 
Distance:28.5 M 
2:00 PM 103rd Street Footbridge, Harlem River 
Directions to Start: courtesy of
  NYC Swim
103rd Street Footbridge, Harlem River 
Field Size: (2 Currently Enrolled - Enrollment Closed) 
Age Requirement:Top 2 finisher of the 2011 Manhattan Swim 
Experience Requirement:By invitation Only. 
Predicted Water Conditions:Seasonal Temperature 68/74°F (20.5/22.9°C). 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:69.98 °F (21.1 °C) on 09/28/2010
71.78 °F (22.1 °C) on 09/28/2009
71.06 °F (21.7 °C) on 09/28/2008
73.22 °F (22.9 °C) on 09/28/2007
68.90 °F (20.5 °C) on 09/28/2006 


Amy Bolger



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