Manhattan Island Marathon Swim 2013: Photos
By Vladimir Brezina
Each 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)
Dawn at Pier 40. Swim buoys are ready for deployment
… as is Johna (she is to accompany another swimmer, Gretchen Sanders)
The new Freedom Tower, almost finished, rises behind
We head out
… to paddle down to North Cove to check in
Across the Hudson, Jersey City catches the early light
Later, at the start off Pier A, the kayakers gather
Nothing to do but snap photos of each other and wait…
Across the harbor, the Statue of Liberty
… and wait…
Finally, the swimmers arrive
Katy has a strong start. Around the Battery…
… past the South Street Seaport
Portrait of a swimmer
… and under the Brooklyn Bridge
Under the Williamsburg Bridge, with the iconic Domino sugar factory
Katy overtakes the competition
Our motor boat provides encouragement
Midtown Manhattan, with the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building both in view
Past the UN Building
Fighting for position under the Queensboro Bridge
Time to feed
Johna pays us a visit
The swimmer in front experiences the consequences of the recent heavy rains
Safely in the Harlem River, Katy powers toward the RFK (formerly Triborough) Bridge
The less said about the Harlem River, the better
Finally out in the Hudson! Under the George Washington Bridge
Spectators watch from the Little Red Lighthouse
Approaching Midtown, an obstacle removes itself just in time
Midtown Manhattan, under gray skies
Past the Chelsea Piers
One final look at the Empire State Building
The finish is in sight!
We avoid boat traffic off North Cove
The last stretch, along the wall
Above, a cheering crowd
Touch the buoy!!
These and other photos are here.
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