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    Preliminary Race Results Are Now Posted

    Scheduled for September 22, the Little Red Lighthouse Swim is one of our oldest and most popular events: 10.2-kilometers of Hudson River swimming that is a great way to get started with longer open water distance events. The last two years have seen innovative courses that introduced our swimmers to new sights and experiences along the Hudson. This year's course will seem a bit familiar to those who swam the event in 2010 as we return to 79th Street Boat Basin for the start; however, the 2012 swim will finish at at Dyckman Marina — adding .2-kilometers on to the old course.

    If you need a lift on race day, we are offering an optional shuttle for a nominal fee to and from all event locations, including the Conrad Hotel in lower Manhattan. Space on the shuttle is limited, so please reserve your seat by 8:00 am on Thursday, September 20.

    All volunteers who enroll in advance to assist with the race set-up, check-in and swim start will ride to the finish free of charge, so if you have family or friends who would like to come out and lend a hand, please spread the word to them.

    Date:09/22/2012 (Saturday) 
    Distance:10.2 K 
    10:30 AM 79th Street Boat Basin and the Hudson River  
    Directions to Start: courtesy of
      NYC Swim
    La Marina, formerly Dyckman Marina (western end of Dyckman Street at the Hudson River)  
    Directions to Finish: courtesy of
      NYC Swim
    Time Limit:3 hours 15 minutes 
    Field Size:400 (0 Currently Enrolled - Enrollment Closed) 
    Fees:$80 December 15 – December 22, 2011
    $90 December 23, 2011 – February 1, 2012
    $105 February 2 – May 15, 2012
    $115 May 16 – 9:40 AM on September 15, 2012
    $135 9:45 AM on September 15 – September 20, 2012

    Entries open on December 15, 2011 at 1:00 PM EST
    and close (unless full prior) on September 20, 2012 at 9:45 AM EDT.

    Awards:We will try to present awards approximately 20 minutes after the last swimmer exits the water.

    Overall – 3 Female/3 Male
    14 to 15 – 2 Female/2 Male
    16 to 17 – 2 Female/2 Male
    18 to 19 – 2 Female/2 Male
    20 to 24 – 2 Female/2 Male
    25 to 29 – 3 Female/3 Male
    30 to 34 – 3 Female/3 Male
    35 to 39 – 3 Female/5 Male
    40 to 44 – 3 Female/5 Male
    45 to 49 – 3 Female/5 Male
    50 to 54 – 3 Female/5 Male
    55 to 59 – 2 Female/5 Male
    60 to 64 – 2 Female/2 Male
    65 to 69 – 2 Female/2 Male
    70 to 79 – 1 Female/1 Male

    Medals will be provided to 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 Little Red Lighthouse Swim is as follows:

    The completion of any of these NYC Swim events: MIMS Solo Swim, MIMS 2-person Relay, Little Red Lighthouse Swim, or Governors Island Swim since January 1, 2010 OR the 2010 Park to Park Swim
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    Any documented timed open water swim race of 2.4 Mile or more since January 1, 2010 [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 Ironman-distance Triathlon with a timed 2.4 Mile Open Water Swim since January 1, 2010 [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 3-mile pool swim (4950 yards/4500 meters) in 2 hour and 15 minutes or better since January 1, 2012. 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 September 8, 2012). Swimmers who enroll after September 8th 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 68 to 74 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. For additional information on swimming and water quality in the Hudson River, please see our FAQ page. 
    Previous Year's Water Temp:67.10 °F (19.5 °C) on 09/22/2011
    68.72 °F (20.4 °C) on 09/22/2010
    73.04 °F (22.8 °C) on 09/22/2009
    72.50 °F (22.5 °C) on 09/22/2008
    Not Available on 09/22/2007 





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