NYC SWIM


Benn Kramer

Hometown: W. Vancouver, BC, Canada
Gender: Male

About Benn

Ben Kramer, who hails from British Columbia, was autistic as a child and didn't speak until the age of 10. Now an accomplished athlete, he swims around Manhattan annually to raise awareness of autism for the New York Families for Autistic Children. Autism, still a mysterious neurological condition, is thought to afflict 1.5 million adults and children in America today. Kramer has now swum around Manhattan 18 times, regularly drawing supportive honks and slack-jawed awe from passing motorists.
Although he has swum everywhere from Israel to Brazil, Kramer particularly enjoys swimming around Manhattan for the sights of subway cars and bridges. In 2002, one spectator compared Kramer's feat to strongman contests, then adding, 'But this guy had them all beat to hell.' When he's not swimming, Kramer likes to scale fir trees to feed and photograph bald eagles. To this day, he prefers not to wear shoes.

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Swim History

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Articles and Press Releases

ArticlesDateTypePublicationAuthorText
Getting Around Manhattan the Wet Way07/12/98ArticleThe New York TimesWinnie HuMissie Hersey pushed through a half-dozen marathon swimmers gathered at the Battery Park pier yester
Getting Around Manhattan the Wet Way07/12/98ArticleThe New York TimesWinnie HuMissie Hersey pushed through a half-dozen marathon swimmers gathered at the Battery Park pier yester
GAIL RICE WINS 14TH ANNUAL MANHATTAN ISLAND MARATHON SWIM08/13/95Press Release  NEW YORK, N.Y., August 13, 1995 -- Gail Rice, a 39-year-old nurse practitioner from Miami Shores, Fl
19 INDIVIDUAL SWIMMERS, 4 RELAY TEAMS TO COMPETE IN 14TH ANNUAL MANHATTAN ISLAND MARATHON SWIM AUGUST 13, 199506/16/95Press Release  NEW YORK, N.Y., June 20, 1995 -- More than 30 top swimmers from the United States, Canada, Mexico an
20 INDIVIDUAL SWIMMERS, 6 RELAY TEAMS TO COMPETE IN 15TH ANNUAL MANHATTAN ISLAND MARATHON SWIM AUGUST 3, 199606/26/96Press Release  NEW YORK, N.Y., June 20, 1996 -- More than 60 top swimmers from the United States, Canada, England a
JOHN GATTI WINS 15TH ANNUAL MANHATTAN ISLAND MARATHON SWIM08/03/96Press Release  NEW YORK, N.Y., (August 3, 1996) -- John Gatti, a 29-year-old physical therapist from Westfield, NJ,
MANHATTAN ISLAND MARATHON SWIM FEATURES 17 INDIVIDUALS AND 5 RELAY TEAMS REPRESENTING FIVE COUNTRIES AND NINE U.S. STATES07/02/97Press Release  NEW YORK, N.Y., July 2, 1997 -- The 16th Annual Manhattan Island Marathon Swim on Saturday, July 19
MEET THE 1997 MANHATTAN ISLAND MARATHON SWIM COMPETITORS07/07/97Press Release  The 17 individual and 30 relay team swimmers in this year's race represent a broad age range (from 2
TAMMY VAN WISSE WINS ANNUAL MANHATTAN ISLAND MARATHON SWIM07/19/97Press Release  NEW YORK, N.Y. , July 19, 1997 -- Tammy van Wisse, a 28-year-old motivational speaker from Victoria,
1998 MANHATTAN ISLAND MARATHON SWIMMER COMPETITORS REPRESENT INTERNATIONAL FIELD06/22/98Press Release  NEW YORK, N.Y., June 22, 1998 -- There will truly be an international flavor to the 17th annual Man
MEET THE 1998 MANHATTAN MARATHON SWIM COMPETITORS07/02/98Press Release  The 22 individual and 30 relay team swimmers in the July 11 MIMS represent a broad age range (from 1
AUSTRALIA’S SHELLEY TAYLOR-SMITH WINS ANNUAL MANHATTAN ISLAND MARATHON SWIM FOR RECORD 5TH TIME07/11/98Press Release  NEW YORK, N.Y., July 11, 1998 - Shelley Taylor-Smith, a 36-year-old motivational speaker from Sydney
MANHATTAN ISLAND MARATHON SWIM FEATURES 30 TOP SWIMMERS FROM AROUND THE WORLD05/19/99Press Release  NEW YORK, N.Y., May 19, 1999 - A record total of 30 top long-distance swimmers from around the worl
INTERNATIONAL FIELD TO COMPETE IN 18TH MANHATTAN ISLAND MARATHON SWIM ON JUNE 12, 199905/28/99Press Release  MEET THE 1999 MANHATTAN ISLAND MARATHON SWIM COMPETITORS The 30 individual and 12 relay team swi
TOBIE SMITH WINS THE 18TH ANNUAL MANHATTAN ISLAND MARATHON SWIM IN RECORD TIME06/12/99Press Release  NEW YORK, N.Y., June 12, 1999 -- Tobie Smith, a 25-year-old college student from Austin, Texas, toda
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