NYC SWIM

    Enrollment Timeline - MIMS 2011
    Application Procedures - MIMS 2011
    Field Diversity - MIMS 2011
    Acceptance and Rejection - MIMS 2011
    Waitlisted - MIMS 2011
    Application Committee - MIMS 2011
    Crew Members and Alternates - MIMS 2011
    Observer Qualifying Swim Details - MIMS 2011
    Medical Examinations - MIMS 2011
    Race Rule I: Race Course Time Limitations - MIMS 2011
    Race Rule II: Clothing - MIMS 2011
    Race Rule III: Assistance - MIMS 2011
    Race Rule IV: Pollution - MIMS 2011
    Race Rule V: Personal Promotion - MIMS 2011
    Race Rule VI: Relay Rules - MIMS 2011
    Race Rule VII: Safety Measures - MIMS 2011
    Race Rule VIII: Miscellaneous - MIMS 2011
    Relay Team Alternate and Substitution Policy - MIMS 2011
    Withdrawal by Applicant - MIMS 2011
    Safety Policy
    2011 MIMS Relay Categories
    Charity - MIMS 2011
    Enrollment Preference - MIMS 2011
    Prescribed Water Temperature - MIMS 2011
    Qualifications - MIMS 2011
    Teams and Groups
    Waves and Seeding

    Enrollment Timeline - MIMS 2011

    Please check the timeline for Swimmers, which displays the ultimate deadlines for various enrollment items. Again, enrollments are approved on a first-come, first-serve, first-completed, first-accepted basis; we highly suggest that you submit things sooner than the deadline. Please review the Application Procedures web page for additional information.

    Application Procedures - MIMS 2011

    Application instructions for the 2011 Manhattan Island Marathon Swim are now available. Enrollment for three solo slots dedicated to Swim Free fundraising as well as Frequent Participant relay teams, Corporate relay teams and Fundraising relay teams is scheduled to open at 1:00 p.m. EDT on Sunday, October 24, 2010. Enrollment for open solo swimmers and open relays will open at 1:00 p.m. EDT on November 1, 2010.

    Registration for the race will fill up quickly, so if you intend to apply, please plan to study the instructions and prepare as much of your application as possible before registration goes live. You may wish to review the procedures for an idea of what you can expect.

    For insights on the selection process, see Manhattan Island Marathon Swim Application Committee member Ned Denison's write-up on the selection of the 2010 solo field.

    Field Diversity - MIMS 2011

    Due to the limited number of support boats, kayakers and volunteers available, as well as governmental regulation of the waters surrounding New York City, NYC Swim must limit the number of MIMS participants. Additionally, NYC Swim aspires to have a diverse participant field allowing for a rewarding and enriching experience.

    The Manhattan Island Marathon Swim field is comprised of the following:
        1.  At least 25 solo swimmers, including (one applicant may satisfy several criteria) at least:
              (a) 5 non-U.S. residents,
              (b) 5 women,
              (c) 5 Manhattan Island Marathon Swim veterans, and
              (d) 5 Manhattan Island Marathon Swim first-timers
        2.  Up to 22 relay teams, with an approximately equal balance among teams with 2, 4 or 6 members.
    Two relay slots will be reserved for teams of which at least half the members are non-U.S. residents. If there are not enough applicants from outside the United States, preference for these slots will be given to teams from outside the New York area. If neither are sufficient within 72 hours of enrollment opening, then New York area teams will be given these slots.

    Acceptance and Rejection - MIMS 2011

    All applicants will be notified of their status no later than one month after they enroll. Accepted applicants' credit cards will be charged promptly. All qualified applicants who are not accepted may be considered for placement on a Waiting List.

    Waitlisted - MIMS 2011

    If we are able to expand the field, or if any accepted solo swimmers or relay teams withdraw, we will offer spaces to those applicants on the Waiting List, based on the order in which the applications were completed, with consideration given to the Field Diversity objectives listed below. For relay slots, preference will be given to waitlisted teams of the same size as the withdrawing team. Applicants who are on the waiting list are advised to have their enrollments as complete as possible in the event that additional Manhattan Island Marathon Swim slots become available.

    Applicants who are accepted off the Waiting List will have their credit card charged once the applicant has accepted the enrollment offer. These applicants are required to submit proof of their Qualifying Swims and Medical Forms (download here) by the date and time delineated in the Enrollment Timeline.

    Application Committee - MIMS 2011

    The application committee is made up swimmers who have individually participated multiple times in past MIMS as soloists, relay participants, crew members or observers. They serve on the committee for multiple years and recuse themselves from considering any applicant who presents a conflict of interest.

    A committee member may apply for Manhattan Island Marathon Swim while sitting on the committee. If he or she is within the automatic acceptance group (the first 15 individuals who complete all aspects of the enrollment process and who meet one or more of the diversity requirements), he or she is afforded a slot and allowed to remain part of the selection process for the remaining slots; otherwise, he or she will recuse him/herself from the entire process.

    Crew Members and Alternates - MIMS 2011

    Solo swimmers must have at least one and no more than two individuals to serve as their support crew aboard their assigned escort boat for this event; 2-person relays are allowed one crew member only. Both Solo and 2-person relay applicants are also required to designate one alternate crew member. In order for the swimmer enrollment to be considered complete, the selected crew members and alternates have to agree to support you by completing their crew enrollments, which is recommended to be done as soon as the swimmer enrollment is entered and must be done no later than the date designated on the swimmer timeline. Your enrollment will not be considered complete or evaluated by the committee until all crew members have agreed to support you. (Please see Crew Member Enrollments for more information on how your crew members can enroll.)

    After enrollment has been completed, you may not change or add crew members. Should a primary crew member become unable to participate in Manhattan Island Marathon Swim, you should contact NYC Swim to request a substitution with the designated alternate. All such requests must be submitted no later than 14 days before race day. You may not make substitutions outside of the alternate listed during enrollment. If all crew members attached to a swimmer or a relay withdraw prior to the event, NYC Swim will assign a boat observer to act as crew.

    Observer Qualifying Swim Details - MIMS 2011

    The Observer Qualifying Swim must be continuous open water swimming for a specified time (4 hours for solo applicants, 2.5 hours for 2-person relay applicants; and 30 minutes for 4- and 6-person relay applicants), with in-water feedings for the longer swims. You must remain in the water for at least the specified amount of time for your application type, and the water must be the Prescribed Water Temperature or lower. As is the case during the race, the clock continues to run while you feed.

    You might want to have a few people help you with this swim, preferably your intended crew, to keep a log and feed you while you remain in the water. This is an excellent opportunity to experiment with different hot and cold foods (solids and liquids), feeding intervals, strokes, swimming speeds, stretching, greasing up, etc., to determine what will work for you during the race. It is also permissible to have other swimmers accompany you during this swim. You can go as fast or as slow as you wish. Ideas for a course are swimming laps along a beach (your crew members can easily wade into the water to feed you), or swimming out to a certain point and back (with the possibility of using an escort boat or kayak).

    Please see our Observer Documented Qualifying Swim document for additional information, qualifying swim log template, and sample logs.

    Medical Examinations - MIMS 2011

    All solo and 2-person relay participants must have their physicians complete the medical form (download here). Returning NYC Swim swimmers may use medical forms that were completed and submitted in 2010. English Channel and Catalina Channel medical forms from the same time period will also be accepted, although NYC Swim requires ECGs and chest X rays for those over 40 or who have any previous history of chest disease.

    Race Rule I: Race Course Time Limitations - MIMS 2011

    The following cutoffs at designated locations throughout the course will be strictly adhered to unless the Race Director determines that conditions warrant an extended time limit. You agree, in accepting the waiver, to be pulled from the race if you do not make these cut-off times:

    1. Triborough Bridge     3 hours 30 minutes
    2. Spuyten Duyvil     5 hours 45 minutes
    3. 79th Street Boat Basin      7 hours 30 minutes
    4. Pier 26      9 hours 10 minutes.

    Race Rule II: Clothing - MIMS 2011

    1. One swimsuit (as delineated in NYC Swim’s Traditional Swim Costume, Headgear and Accessories definitions), goggles, earplugs, and grease will be allowed.
    2. One race cap will be provided with swimmer's race number and must be worn for the entire race. It may be worn over another silicone or latex cap of the swimmer's choosing. Swimmers may specify their preference for either a latex or silicone race cap.

    If you have any questions about permitted suits or caps, it is your responsibility to email info@nycswim.org, preferably with a catalog picture of the suit you propose to wear, and request written pre-race clearance from the application committee.

    Race Rule III: Assistance - MIMS 2011

    1. Swimmers may not use flotation aids, propulsion devices, or any devices used to maintain body heat. Fins, hand paddles and kickboards are prohibited. Solo swimmers and NYC Traditional Relays may not use swimwear such as wetsuits that give buoyancy or are heat retentive; NYC Catch'em Relay swimmers aside from the lead swimmer are allowed to use wetsuits and other non-traditional swim attire.
    2. Pacing, drafting and towing are not allowed. Drafting is defined as swimming within five yards of another swimmer for a prolonged time period after the start, except as warranted by course conditions.
    3. Swimmers may not touch the escort boat, kayak, or any other boat during the event.
    4. Swimmers shall be disqualified if there is any physical contact with another swimmer (except a team mate during the transition) or with other persons or objects.
    5. All solo swimmers must bring at least one and no more than two boat crew members. Two-person relay swimmers must bring one boat crew member. NYC Swim will supply the boat captain for all solo swimmers and relay teams. Corporate teams are allowed to secure their own boat captain for the event. A corporate team that supplies its own boater is responsible for reimbursing that boat captain for his or her fuel expenses. Swimmer-recruited boat captains should enroll as volunteers on the NYC Swim website by the date specified in the Swimmer timeline and must commit to attend the event's orientation conference calls.
    6. Swimmers must make their own arrangements for food and feeding assistance.
    7. The use of alcohol or illegal drugs is forbidden.
    8. Any unsanctioned assistance or materials given to the swimmer will result in disqualification.
    9. NYC Swim will assign at least one paddler to each swimmer or relay. Relay teams that are entered as obligatory fundraisers (Category C Relays) and corporate teams may request their own paddler provided that person has appropriate experience. Solo swimmers and other relay teams may also request their own paddler provided that person has appropriate experience and is also a relative or member of the swimmer's club, or has paddled for the swimmer in a previous event. In all cases, if a swimmer-recruited paddler needs NYC Swim to supply a kayak, an additional fee will apply, and the paddler will need to pull out shortly before the finish rather than accompanying the swimmer to the finish. Swimmer-recruited paddlers should enroll as volunteers on the NYC Swim website by the date specified in the Swimmer timeline and must commit to attend the event's orientation conference calls.

    Race Rule IV: Pollution - MIMS 2011

    The swimmer shall be disqualified if the swimmer or his or her crew members pollute the waterways with cups, trash or other debris before, during or after the competition.

    Race Rule V: Personal Promotion - MIMS 2011

    Swimmers may not:

    1. Allow crew members to wear any clothing or display any signage promoting third-party sponsors, causes or charities. The exception is that, with NYC Swim's prior approval, crew members may wear promotional T-shirts on race day.
    2. Engage personal public relations professionals or agents without NYC Swim's prior written approval, granted at least four weeks prior to the event.

    Race Rule VI: Relay Rules - MIMS 2011

    1. Relays must consist of two, four or six persons per relay, independent of gender or age. No other configurations are allowed.
    2. 4 and 6-person relay teams may compete as either NYC Traditional relays or NYC Catch'em relays. NYC Traditional relays follow the traditional Manhattan Island Marathon Swim rules regarding swim attire and have set swimming rotation times. NYC Catch'em relays are allowed to wear non-traditional swim attire and have swimming rotations dictated by both time and course landmarks. The competition style must be set by the day before the event and declared at the pre-race meeting.
    3. The order of the swimmers must be set by the day before the event and declared at the pre-race meeting. This order must be maintained throughout the event; a change in order will result in team disqualification.
    4. NYC Catch'em teams must set which (if any) team members will wear non-traditional swim attire the day before the event, and the information must be declared at the pre-race meeting. For the 2011 Manhattan Island Swim, the lead relay swimmer must wear traditional swim attire to start the race.
    5. Two-person relay swimmers will alternate every two hours.
    6. 4 and 6-person relay teams will transition swimmers at the following set points on the East River: the Williamsburg Bridge, the Queensboro Bridge and the footbridge on the Harlem River. Estimated time for each leg is 30 to 45 minutes. Following the first three legs, NYC Traditional relay teams will alternate every 45 minutes to finish the first rotation and every 30 minutes thereafter. NYC Catch'em teams will follow the schedule below.
      Harlem River to the George Washington Bridge: Swimmers will swim in rotations of at least 5 minutes and no more than 15 minutes. Teams may decide when swimmers will switch but the set order of relay swimmers must be maintained at all times. If conditions are rough and prevent orderly 5-minute transitions, teams must honor fixed 15-minute rotations. A transition must occur at the George Washington Bridge regardless of the time, but a concerted effort should be made to make sure the leg that is ending lasted at least 5 minutes and went no more than 15 minutes. Only two swimmers from a team are allowed in the water at any one time, and clean transitions must be maintained. Pacing is not allowed.

      George Washington Bridge to Pier 25 (last Pier before Battery Park City): Swimmers will swim in rotations of at least 15 minutes and no more than 20 minutes. Teams may decide when swimmers will switch but the set order of relay swimmers must be maintained at all times. Teams are encouraged to transition swimmers at Chelsea Piers (Pier 62). A transition for the final leg of the race must occur at Pier 25.

      Pier 25 to Finish: For safety reasons, no rotations may occur between Pier 25 and the finish. The length of this final leg is 15 to 20 minutes.
    7. Swimmers must alternate within the last 30 seconds to 2 minutes of a swimming segment unless adverse weather conditions require motorboats to have greater than normal separation from the swimmer for safety reasons. Violations of the rotation timing may result in disqualification.
    8. Relay team members must enter the water feet first. Failure to follow this rule will result in team disqualification.
    9. The transition must be executed by approaching the swimmer in the water from behind. The ENTERING swimmer must yell "Starting" to boat or paddler to signify that he/she is attempting to start the transition. ENTERING swimmer must grab the lower extremity, preferably the foot, of the DEPARTING swimmer. DEPARTING swimmer must stop, raise arm straight up and yell "Ending" to acknowledge that his/her swim has ended. ENTERING swimmer continues with his/her leg of the swim.
    10. Swimmers must transition at the designated fixed transition points or between the minimum and maximum time ranges. Failure to follow this rule will result in team disqualification.
    11. Treading water for the minimum time requirement of a leg is considered acceptable and will help a team avoid disqualification.
    12. No crew members are allowed on the 4- and 6-person escort boats. Two person relays may have only one crew member.
    13. Only one team member may swim to the finish; all other team members must remain on the boat and disembark at North Cove. Failure to follow this rule will result in team disqualification.

    Race Rule VII: Safety Measures - MIMS 2011

    1. Swimmers will be accompanied by an escort boat and kayak provided by NYC Swim.
    2. Each escort boat will be equipped with a VHF radio and first aid kit. Crew members are encouraged to bring cell phones.
    3. EMS and Coast Guard will be on standby for emergencies.
    4. One race official will be assigned to each escort boat and will monitor the swimmer for the entire duration of the race.
    5. NYC Swim strongly suggests swimmers make sure that their tetanus vaccinations are current. We also suggest that swimmers be vaccinated against Hepatitis A.
    6. Race insurance is up to the swimmer's discretion.

    Race Rule VIII: Miscellaneous - MIMS 2011

    1. The organizers may change the starting time of the race if weather conditions are unfavorable.
    2. All swimmers and crew members are required to attend, in person, the mandatory general meeting to receive final instructions (meeting times and location will be listed on the timeline).
    3. Personal online GPS units that transmit data for real-time tracking of a swimmer's progress are not allowed.

    Relay Team Alternate and Substitution Policy - MIMS 2011

    On Enrollment Day, relay team captains may list alternate swimmers as part of their teams as follows: 1 alternate for 4-person relays; 2 alternates for 6-person relays. (NOTE: 2-person relays may not have alternates.) These specified alternates must meet the same qualification criteria as the primary members of the relay team. After enrollment has been completed, relays may not add alternate swimmers to the teams.

    Should a primary member of the team become unable to participate in Manhattan Island Marathon Swim due to a documented medical condition, the team captain should contact NYC Swim and request a substitution with an approved alternate. All such requests must be submitted no later than 14 days before race day. Substitutions for other than medical reasons may be considered on a case-by-case basis.

    Teams may not make substitutions outside of the approved alternates. If a relay swimmer has to withdraw and the team does not have an approved alternate to substitute for that swimmer, or if the qualification deadline has passed and the alternate has not done his or her qualifying swim, the team’s slot will be forfeited.

    Withdrawal by Applicant - MIMS 2011

    Accepted swimmers and relays may withdraw from the race at any time and for any reason. If you decide to withdraw, your entry fee may be refunded as follows:

    Accepted swimmers and relays who withdraw more than 90 days before MIMS Race Day will receive a refund of all application fees minus the $150 enrollment processing fee and all credit card transaction fees .
    Accepted swimmers and relays who withdraw 60 - 90 days before Manhattan Island Marathon Swim Race Day will receive a refund of 50% of their application fees, minus the $150 enrollment processing fee and all credit card transaction fees . NYC Swim will endeavor to replace the withdrawn swimmer/relay with another qualified swimmer/relay from the waitlist. In that event, NYC Swim will refund the withdrawn swimmer's/relay team's application fee in full, minus the $150 enrollment processing fee and all credit card transaction fees .
    Accepted swimmers and relays who have not met the Swim Freefundraising minimum or who withdraw 30 - 59 days before Manhattan Island Marathon Swim Race Day will receive a refund of 25% of their application fee, minus the $150 enrollment processing fee and all credit card transaction fees . If NYC Swim is able to replace the withdrawn swimmer/relay with another qualified swimmer/relay from the waitlist, NYC Swim will refund 50% of the withdrawn swimmer's/relay team's application fee, minus the $150 enrollment processing fee and all credit card transaction fees .
    Accepted swimmers who withdraw fewer than 30 days before Manhattan Island Marathon Swim Race Day will not receive a refund of their application fee. If NYC Swim is able to replace the withdrawn swimmer/relay with another qualified swimmer/relay from the waitlist, NYC Swim will refund 25% of the withdrawn swimmer's/relay team's application fee, minus the $150 enrollment processing fee and all credit card transaction fees .
    Monies from any charitable fundraising done by a swimmer/relay who subsequently withdraws will be fully distributed to the relevant charities.

    No entrant may sell, trade or otherwise allow another person to use an entry. Such substitutions jeopardize our insurance and our ability to secure the permits necessary to produce future events. Anyone found to be participating under another person's entry will be disqualified from the event, and both the participant and the original registrant will be barred from all future NYC Swim events.

    Safety Policy

    The race officials have authority to pull a swimmer from the water at any time for the swimmer’s own safety. Potentially dangerous conditions may include, without limitation, hypothermia, changes to weather or water conditions, or interference by shipping or other watercraft traffic. The race courses are patrolled by lifeguards and government safety officials, and each race includes a medical team. The race officials shall have full discretion to pull any swimmer from the water for safety reasons, and to determine when and if the swimmer may resume swimming.

    2011 MIMS Relay Categories

    There are at least 9 and up to 22 relay team slots set aside for the 2011 Manhattan Island Marathon Swim. Relays must consist of either 2, 4, or 6 swimmers; no other configurations are allowed. Since there is inevitably interest among more swimmers than can safely be accommodated, NYC Swim has established the policy delineated below.

    CATEGORY A (3 slots) - Entry Preference earned through active participation (swimming and volunteering)
    The Frequent Participant relay slots are set aside to reward NYC Swim's most dedicated and loyal volunteers/swimmers during the 2010 Swim Series with relay enrollment preference. For the 2011 Manhattan Island Marathon Swim, individuals will receive one point for swimming in an event, one point for volunteering for an entire event or for a portion of the Manhattan Swim, 1.5 points for swimming and volunteering at the same event or on the same day, and 2 points for volunteering for the entire Manhattan or Ederle Swims. (Individuals serving as swimmers' crew members do not accrue any points.) Points can be shared among teammates, but no member can have fewer than 6 points to be eligible to be a member of a team. In order to qualify in this category in 2011:

               • 2-person relay teams must accumulate a combined total of 18 points in 2010
               • 4-person relay teams must accumulate a combined total of 35 points in 2010
               • 6-person relay teams must accumulate a combined total of 50 points in 2010
               • Each participant on the team must have volunteered or swum in at least four events in 2010

    Note: Relay alternates must also have at least 6 points and have volunteered or swum in at least four events in 2010. Points accrued by alternates are not counted in the team minimums listed above.

    Those individuals who are volunteering as a means of accruing frequent participant points for 2011 must enroll online as a volunteer in advance of the event, must be accepted for an available position, and must check in with the volunteer coordinator on the day of the event in order to receive volunteer credit.

    A maximum of two 2-person relay teams may qualify under the Frequent Participant Category. If more than three teams qualify in this category, enrollments will be considered on a first come, first served basis. Any qualified teams that are not accepted may re-apply for open relay status. If fewer than three teams qualify in the Frequent Participant Category, NYC Swim will allocate the remaining slots to solo or relay entrants based on the strength of the individual applications.

    CATEGORY B (minimum 6 slots) -- Competing for entry through general pool (no entry preference)
    Six relay slots will be allocated on a first-applied, first-admitted basis. The team has "applied" when all of the team members have completed the application. Two of the Category B slots will be reserved for relay teams of which at least half the members are non-U.S. residents. If there are not enough applicants from outside the United States, preference for these slots will be given to teams from outside the New York area. Up to three additional slots may be available from the discretionary pool as specified above.

    CATEGORY C (3 slots) - Entry Preference earned through fundraising activities for Swim Free
    Three relay slots will be reserved for teams that commit to fundraise for Swim Free™. The minimum fundraising commitment, which is in addition to the entry fee, will be $5,000 for 2-person relays, $6,000 for 4-person relays, and $8,000 for 6-person relays.

    Enrollment for Category C relay teams will remain open until all slots are filled or November 15, 2010, whichever occurs first. If fewer than three fundraising relay teams enroll, the unused slots will NOT be reallocated to solo or other relay categories.

    CATEGORY D (10 slots) - Entry for corporate teams sponsored by the swimmers' employer
    Corporate teams, which must be composed of qualified swimmers, receive VIP service in exchange for the premium entry fee. Benefits include company's logo included on Manhattan Island Marathon Swim souvenir t-shirts, on their race boat and other race paraphernalia, top grade support boat, no fundraising requirements, etc. The teams will compete in two award classes: Overall Relay and a separate Corporate Relay division to recognize the fastest corporate sponsored team.

    Enrollment for Category D relay teams will remain open until all slots are filled or May 18, 2011, whichever occurs first. If fewer than ten corporate relay teams enroll, the unused slots will NOT be reallocated to solo or other relay categories.

    Charity - MIMS 2011

    NYC Swim’s events are opportunities for individuals and companies to raise funds for their preferred charity or NYC Swim's preferred charity Swim Free™. NYC Swim organizes the swim events to help fund and support its goals, and applicants who intend to fund-raise (whether in the voluntary or obligatory category) understand and accept that their donations must be processed, tracked, and publicized via NYC Swim’s web site. In the case of voluntary fundraisers, not more than 50% of the proceeds raised will go to a third-party charity. Violations of this policy may prevent the swimmer from participating in Manhattan Island Marathon Swim and other NYC Swim events.

    There are two enrollment classes that govern how participants may fundraise:

    Voluntary (Open Solo; Category A, B and D Relays)
    Participants who apply and are accepted through the NYC Swim’s open enrollment process may elect to fundraise as a way to enhance their event experience. Participants may choose to fundraise for NYC Swim's preferred charity Swim Free™ only, or include a charity of their choice. In that instance, proceeds are split 50/50 between Swim Free™ and the selected charity.
    Obligatory (Fundraising Solo; Category C Relays)
    Participants who apply and are accepted for one of the Swim Free™ solo or relay slots reserved for fundraisers have minimum fundraising requirements separate from the enrollment fees. The MINIMUM fundraising commitments are as follows:
                         Solo Swimmer is $5,000,
                         2-person relay is $5,000,
                         4-person relay is $6,000,and for
                         6-person relay is $8,000.
                         Corporate matching gifts can count toward fundraising minimums.
    The funds raised will aid Swim Free's™ programs, including its Swim Free Angel™, adopt a swimmer and learn-to-swim initiatives.

    The entry fee (payable to NYC Swim upon acceptance to Manhattan Island Marathon Swim) does not apply towards the fundraising requirement (payable to Swim Free™) and is not tax deductable. Entries close (unless full prior) on November 15, 2010 at 1:00PM EDT, and the fundraising minimum for Swim Free™ must be met in full by April 18.

    Enrollment Preference - MIMS 2011

    Several types of 2011 Manhattan Island Marathon Swim entries will receive preference throughout the enrollment process. Solo and relay fundraisers for Swim Free™, corporate relays, and 2010 Frequent Participants are given the opportunity to submit an enrollment prior November 1 (early enrollment); and fundraisers for third-party charities will receive favorable or preferential consideration when the application committee evaluates regular (November 1) enrollments.

    Swim Free™ Solo Fundraising (3 slots)
    New for 2011, there will be 3 solo slots set aside for applicants who commit to fundraise a minimum of $5000 for Swim Free™. Swimmers who are interested in applying for one of these slots must email a fundraising plan to marjorie@swimfree.org between 1:00 PM EDT on October 24, 2010 and 1:00 PM EDT on October 26, 2010. Those applicants who are deemed to have a solid plan will be invited to submit an early entry for the event. If demand exceeds the three slots available, Swim Free™ will select the three swimmers it feels have the best ability to achieve the fundraising goal. Swimmers accepted through this mechanism must pay a non-tax deductible entry fee (to NYC Swim) that is separate from the fundraising commitment (to Swim Free™) and meet all of NYC Swim's experience and other requirements for the event.

    Any applicants who are not accepted as solo fundraisers will be able to apply for an open solo slot during regular enrollment, which opens at 1:00 PM EDT on November 1, 2010. Open solo applications are approved on a first-come, first-served, first-completed, first-accepted basis. If fewer than three solo swimmers are accepted in the Fundraising category, NYC Swim will return the remaining slots to the open solo pool.

    Swim Free™ Fundraising Relay (3 slots)
    Three relay slots will be reserved for teams that commit to fundraise for Swim Free™. The minimum fundraising commitment (payable to Swim Free™), which is in addition to the non-tax deductible entry fee (payable to NYC Swim), will be $5,000 for 2-person relays, $6000, for 4-person relays, and $8,000 for 6-person relays.

    Captains of relay teams interested in applying for one of these slots must email a fundraising plan to marjorie@swimfree.org between 1:00 PM EDT on October 24, 2010 and 1:00 PM EDT on October 26, 2010. Those teams deemed to have a solid plan will be invited to submit an early entry for the event. If demand exceeds the three slots available, Swim Free™ will select the three teams it feels have the best ability to achieve the fundraising goal. Teams accepted through this mechanism must still meet all of NYC Swim's experience and other requirements for the event.

    Any teams not accepted as Fundraising relays will be able to apply for an open relay slot during regular enrollment, which opens at 1:00 PM EDT on November 1, 2010. Open relay applications are approved on a first-come, first-served, first-completed, first-accepted basis.

    Enrollment for Swim Free™ Fundraising relay teams will remain open until all slots are filled or November 15, 2010, whichever occurs first. If fewer than three fundraising relay teams enroll, the unused slots will NOT be reallocated to solo or other relay categories.

    Solo and Relay Participants who are Fundraising (but not exclusively for Swim Free™)
    Regular enrollment solo and relay applications are approved on a first-come, first-served, first-completed, first-accepted basis and fulfill NYC Swim's Field Diversity objectives. Where ties exist or applications are very similar, preference will be given to applicants who decided to fundraise for a charity. If an applicant wishes to be considered for such preference, they should email a fundraising plan to marjorie@swimfree.org between 1:00 PM EDT on November 1, 2010 and 1:00 PM EDT on November 2, 2010. Those applicants who are deemed to have a solid plan will be given preference over other completed entries once NYC Swim has fulfilled its Field Diversity objectives.

    Frequent Participant Relays (3 slots)
    Applicants who have accrued the minimum number of points to qualify for a Frequent Participant Relay may submit an application when early enrollment opens at 1:00 PM EDT on October 24, 2010. A maximum of two 2-person relay teams may qualify in the Frequent Participant category. If more than three teams qualify in the category, enrollments will be considered on a first come, first served basis.

    Any qualified teams that are not accepted may re-apply for open relay status. If fewer than three teams qualify in the Frequent Participant category, NYC Swim will allocate the remaining slots to solo or relay entrants based on the strength of the individual applications. Please note: If you believe your team is eligible as a Frequent Participant Relay, you must send an email to info@nycswim.org by 1:00 PM EDT on October 23, 2010 stating your intent to enroll, listing all relay team members and the points earned during the 2010 swim season. If the team is indeed eligible to apply as a Frequent Participant Relay, then the ability to enroll will be activated specifically for the relay.

    Corporate Relays (10 slots)
    Corporate relay teams, as part of their premium entry fee, are afforded the opportunity to take advantage of early enrollment beginning at 1:00 PM EDT on October 24, 2010.

    Enrollment for Corporate relay teams will remain open until all slots are filled or May 18, 2011, whichever occurs first. If fewer than ten corporate relay teams enroll, the unused slots will NOT be reallocated to solo or other relay categories.

    Prescribed Water Temperature - MIMS 2011

    The 2011 Manhattan Island Marathon Swim Prescribed Water Temperature for Qualifying Swims is 62°F, (16.5°C) or colder.

    Qualifications - MIMS 2011

    All applicants (Solo, 2-Person Relay Member, 4-Person Relay Member and 6-Person Relay Member) must document their competency to participate in MIMS. This can be done either by completing:
              1) a similar event or race (Event Based Qualifying Swim), or
              2) a non-event qualifying swim logged by an observer in a Prescribed Water Temperature (Observer Qualifying Swim ).
    Proof of the qualifying swim must be submitted by the date and time delineated in the Enrollment Timeline. NYC Swim will rescind the acceptance of any applicant who fails to submit proof of their Qualifications by that date and time.

    Event Based Qualifying Swim

    The following are Event-based Qualifying Swim requirements for each enrollee type. Applicants must add the Qualifying Swim events to their profile by following the instruction in Steps to Upload Non-NYC Swim Events to the User Profile. Please remember, if you do not have an Event-based Qualifying Swim that meets the requirements listed below, you must submit an Observer Qualifying Swim.

              Solo
                        • Solo or 2-Person Relay finisher of the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim in 2009 or 2010, or
                        • Finisher of the Ederle Swim in 2009 or 2010, or
                        • Finisher of the English Channel Solo Swim in 2009 or 2010, or
                        • Finisher of the Catalina Channel Solo Swim in 2009 or 2010

              2-Person Relay Team Members
                        • Solo MIMS Requirements above, or
                        • Finisher of a 4-Person MIMS Relay in 2009 or 2010.

              4-Person and 6-Person Relay Team Members
                        • 2-Person Relay Team Members MIMS Requirements above, or
                        • Finisher of a 6-Person MIMS Relay in 2009 or 2010, or
                        • Finisher of a 6-Person English Channel Relay in 2009 or 2010, or
                        • Finisher of a 6-Person Catalina Channel Relay in 2009 or 2010, or
                        • Finisher of an open water swim race of 1500 meters or longer in a Prescribed Water Temperature
                           or colder, completed between May 29, 2010 and April 15, 2011, without a wetsuit, or
                        • Finisher of a triathlon with a swim leg of 1500 meters or longer in a Prescribed Water Temperature
                           or colder, completed between May 29, 2010 and April 15, 2011, without a wetsuit, or
                        • Finisher of MIF open-water swim race of any length in a Prescribed Water Temperature
                           or colder, completed between May 29, 2010 and April 15, 2011, without a wetsuit.

    Observer Qualifying Swim

    If an applicant does NOT have an Event Based Qualifying Swim, then the applicant must submit proof of an Observer Qualifying Swim. The Observer Qualifying Swim must be without a wetsuit; in water which is the Prescribed Water Temperature or colder; completed between May 29, 2010 and April 15, 2011; at a beach or lake of your choosing (not a pool); observed by an impartial/neutral observer; and for a length of time that is delineated below. For Solo swimmers, the swim must be consistent with the Observer Qualifying Swim Details – 2011 Manhattan Island Marathon Swim.

           Length of Time
           Solo - Four hours or longer
           2-Person Relay Team Members - Two hours and thirty minutes or longer
           4-Person and 6-Person Relay Team Members - Thirty Minutes or longer

    Proof of an Observer Qualifying Swim should be submitted in the form of a detailed log. You may download a sample log template by clicking here (PDF files only) or from within your user profile. Please print the appropriate number of log pages (four for solo applicants, three for 2-Person relay applicants and one for 4-Person and 6-Person relay applicants) and submit it by scanning and uploading it into your profile or faxing it to us at 212-784-6850 with your observer's certification. Proof of an Observer Qualifying Swim may be submitted in the form of official race results but will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

    If the applicant has not completed the Observer Qualifying Swim by the Enrollment Day, an application MAY be approved subject to the submission of proof of the Observer Qualifying Swim on or before the date in the Swimmers' Timeline . For more information regarding the Observer Qualifying Swim, Please read Observer Qualifying Swim Details – 2011 Manhattan Island Marathon Swim and view the appropriate sections on the MIMS FAQ page for feeding, crew support ideas, and general race day information.

    Teams and Groups

    For any group that is organizing teams to participate in our swim series events, the individual athletes must register for the event(s) in question. Additionally, the company/group is required to name NYC Swim as an additional insured and indemnify NYC Swim for all liability in writing. The company/group may also be required to assume costs that are over and above those normally required to support the event if they are necessary for their group to participate in the event.

    Swim Angels, provided by Swim Free, are the only certified guides permitted within the events.

    Waves and Seeding

    Swimmer race numbers, start waves, and seedings are fixed shortly before each event. Anyone in a swim series event wishing to move waves should advise NYC Swim via info@nycswim.org at least 24 hours prior to race day. Accommodations will be made for family members who wish to swim together, particularly those with young children. We are not able accommodate swimmers wishing to be with their coaches or training partners. Swim Angels, provided by Swim Free, are the only certified guides permitted within the events.