Manhattan Island Marathon Swim 2013: Photos

By Vladimir Brezina

IMGP4221 cropped smallEach summer, NYC Swim organizes a series of shorter and longer swims in New York City’s waterways. The premier event is the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim (MIMS), a 28.5-mile race around Manhattan. Along with the English Channel and Catalina Channel swims, it is one of the three swims in the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming.

Each swimmer is accompanied by a kayaker (as well as a motor boat). So on Saturday a week ago, I kayaked around Manhattan with swimmer Katy Dooley. Katy already knew all about swimming around Manhattan, having swum in MIMS in 2011 as well as 2012—but in both cases as part of a relay. This was going to be her first solo round-Manhattan swim.

This year’s MIMS turned out to be interesting, to say the least. Due to a cascading series of problems, some traceable all the way back to last year’s Hurricane Sandy, others to the unseasonably cold water, and still others to the heavy rains in the previous couple of days, only 11 of the 39 solo swimmers completed the entire swim unassisted.

But Katy was one of them! She powered through, finishing 5th (and 2nd woman) in 7 hours, 44 minutes. And by completing her swim around Manhattan, she became only the 69th swimmer to join the elite club of Triple Crown open water swimmers. A major accomplishment on a very difficult day—and inspiring to watch from close up!

I’ll write more about the swim in a future post. (My writeups of MIMS 2011 and 2012 are here and here.) But in the meantime, here are some of the photographic highlights of MIMS 2013.

(click on any photo to start slideshow)

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These and other photos are here.

50 responses to “Manhattan Island Marathon Swim 2013: Photos

  1. Very interesting photos, impressions, we don’t see here so often, never actually ;) ! Greetings from Anja :)

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  2. Wow! Incredible, Katy!

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  3. Way to go, Katy!
    Vladimir, your pictures made me feel like I was right there!
    Thanks for sharing.

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  4. love. no. sickened by the floating rat. why. just why. ;-)

    Thanks for supporting this crazy event with even crazier amazing people!

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  5. Vlad no disrespect to the Feathercraft community but why isn’t Johna
    zipping around in Her shiny new Tiderace Xplore a.k.a. Solstice ? :o)

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    • Well, I’ll let Johna answer that one—and she does have her own MIMS story to tell :-)

      But the Feathercraft—Baby Vulcan—does seem to me to be the better boat for swimmer accompaniment: it has a lot of volume, and Johna did take along a veritable floating kitchen… it’s intrinsically very stable, whether the paddler is paying attention or not… and Solstice is overkill, because this event involves hardly any paddling at all :-)

      In contrast, Solstice came in very handy the following weekend (this last weekend), when we did a fast Manhattan circumnavigation in training for the Blackburn Challenge coming up in July…

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  6. Right tool for the right job , that explains it then .And a Well done job at that .

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    • The primary requirement for accompanying swimmers in MIMS is simply to be able to sit in the boat for eight hours, for which the ultra-comfortable Feathercraft seat is eminently suited… :-)

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  7. I thought that was a rat! Eeeeeouch! But, the other pix? Super!

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  8. WOW! I love you photos with the city in the background. I was on the Hudson last year but I enjoyed your view so much more. Congratulations to Katy for a job well done. I wonder, Pittsburgh held a paddle at the point a couple years back and they broke a record for having more kayaks in the water. By any chance were you there?

    BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!

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  9. Whew I am tired and I didn’t even swim! Good thing I have a nice view right of out your kayak. Thanks!

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  10. Great pictures and story – I had no idea about this! I like Johna’s hat too – I wear something similar when I’m doing my photography on sunny days. It really helps avoid sunburn even though I look like a nerd in it.

    Nancy

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  11. An amazing feat!

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  12. Great job of documenting the marathon swim. Outstanding narrative and wonderful photos.

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  13. What an awesome day and dual journey! Photos are amazing as usual. :)

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  14. Great story!!!

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  15. Congratulations to Katy! Your photos are great too :)

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  16. Thank you for sharing the pictures and the day! Awesome photos!

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    • It helped to have a great swimmer!! Thank you for providing the opportunity to take all these photos, and for a fun (for me, at least) day on the water :-)

      And again, congratulations, Katy!!

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  17. You never fail to bring it to us! what a cool event and amazing photos – as always….

    I bet you were thrilled to be a part of something so important to Katy.

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  18. Sorry I missed it this year. It doesn’t seem to get much publicity before the event.

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    • Well, it’s a well-known event that you can’t help knowing is coming if you are in any way connected to the relevant communities—swimmers, paddlers, people involved with NYC waterways. Word spreads mostly online or in brief mentions in specialized publications. But the mainstream press or TV—not really. At most, in some years I’ve heard a little item or two about it the day before the race on local radio stations. I guess that’s going to the state of affairs if you have little or no money for publicity…

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  19. Wonderful photos, Vlad. Well done to Katy. :)

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  20. WoW!! You really have some playground! ;-)

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  21. Wow…congrats to Katy! It sounds tough…fun for you to be involved, I’ll bet.

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  22. This is like whoa. I love to swim, but maybe not here. That thing floating in the water? These are interesting and cool pictures though even that one.

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