24th Annual Manhattan Island Marathon Swim, Saturday, July 9, 2005

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On Saturday, July 9, 2005, 25 top individual long distance, open water swimmers from around the world will compete in one of the premier annual international marathon swim races: the 24th annual Manhattan Island Marathon Swim (MIMS.) In addition, eight four-person, four six-person and two corporate relay teams will compete, making it the largest field in the eventÂ?s history.

On Saturday, July 9, 2005, 25 top individual long distance, open water swimmers from around the world will compete in one of the premier annual international marathon swim races: the 24th annual Manhattan Island Marathon Swim (MIMS.) In addition, eight four-person, four six-person and two corporate relay teams will compete, making it the largest field in the event’s history. This is the cornerstone of Manhattan Island Foundation’s New York City Summer Swim Series    

Press Conference: 8:30 a.m., South Cove, Battery Park City

Start:     9:15 a.m., South Cove, Battery Park City

First swimmers are expected to return to the South Cove around 3:45-4:00 p.m.

Twenty five individual swimmers, 12 open relay teams and two corporate relays, representing California, Colorado, Florida, Maryland, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, New York, Texas and Washington. Solo swimmers will also represent the United Kingdom, Australia, Brazil, France, and Mexico. Solo swimmers range in age from 21 – 61; the oldest participant is relay swimmer Dr. Paul Kiell, 74, a New Jersey resident.

Details:        

Swimmers take the traditional counter-clockwise route, proceeding down the Hudson River, around the southern tip of the island at Battery Park, up the East River through the treacherous currents of Hell’s Gate in upper Manhattan, through the Harlem River and back down the Hudson River, to the finish line. The winner will receive the Gallagher Cup, named for MIMS founder Drury Gallagher. An escort boat, including a race official, and a kayaker accompany each swimmer. Water temperatures will range from 69 – 71 degrees.

MIMS is organized and sponsored by the Manhattan Island Foundation (MIF), Hudson River Park Trust, the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, Battery Park City Parks Conservancy and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

More info about the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim, MIF, and full swimmer bios can be found at http://www.nycswim.org. For last minute information on the status of an event, call the MIF hotline at 888 NYC-SWIM (888-692-7946).

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Faith Armonaitis