The history of swimming between Manhattan and Sandy Hook, NJ, dates back almost 100 years, and the course has become increasingly well-traveled by swimmers since NYC Swim's first Ederle Swim in 2006. Earlier this summer, Liz Fry set record completion times for one-way swims in either direction as well as for the roundtrip.
On August 31, Lance Ogren, the record holder of the fastest crossing by a male from Manhattan to Sandy Hook, will take to the open water again as he attempts to better his own time and break the overall course record (4:59:06). Originally planned as a swim to Manhattan from Sandy Hook, the course was switched to correspond to daylight hours for safety reasons out of concern over the large amount of flotsam in the water from Hurricane Irene, so Lance will set out at mid-day from Gangway One in Battery Park and swim to Sandy Hook.
Formerly a lifeguard at Sandy Hook, Lance has a special affinity for the course, having swum in all but one of the Ederle Swims organized by NYC Swim. Follow his progress on the GPS Tracking page check Facebook for updates as well.