Usually we swim alongside a coastline, sometimes around islands, but rarely do we get to cross a channel. This is your chance to swim your way across the East River between Brooklyn and Manhattan, in the shadow of the most famous bridge in the world. All swimmers should have this on a list of the races to do this summer. To add to the allure, teams from Brooklyn and Manhattan will compete in the Battle of the Bridge. Want to know how you can apply to be on one of the teams? Check out our Battle FAQ for details.

    Preliminary waves and race numbers have been posted on the Swimmers tab. We will have nine waves, fastest to slowest, roughly 2-3 mins apart, with 45-50 people per wave. If you have any questions about your seeding, please e-mail

    07/30/2011 (Saturday) Backup:07/31/2011 (Sunday) 
    Distance:1 K 
    Predicted Water Conditions:Approximately 74 to 78 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.