Riding the Circle Line as a MIMS preview

by Evan Morrison. 29 May 2011.

The Circle Line cruise is almost a rite of passage for first-time MIMS swimmers. A 3-hour circumnavigation of Manhattan island, the cruise boat traces the same path as the marathon swim – albeit starting from 42nd St on the Hudson instead of South Cove.

The Circle Line is a unique and worthwhile experience in itself. The Manhattan skyline is visually stunning and full of interesting history - and the city’s geography lends itself to being viewed by water. But for MIMS swimmers, it’s essential research. Unlike most other marathon swims, you always know “where you are” in MIMS (i.e., how far you’ve gone, how far you have left) - so long as you’re familiar with the landmarks. Actually, I can’t think of a single other marathon swim with as many visual stimuli as MIMS.

The lower Manhattan skyline, as seen from the entrance to the Hudson River on 27 May 2011. The building under construction at center-left is the Freedom Tower, which will eventually rise 1,776 feet above Ground Zero. Swimmers will pass this view just a few minutes after the start of MIMS.

As it happens, I was in New York City this weekend. On a whim, I booked a slot on a late-afternoon Circle Line cruise. Why not get an early preview of my big swim - less than 3 weeks away? For any future MIMS swimmers-slash-Circle Line customers, here are a few tips:

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On 2011-05-29 19:43:52, Katie said:

On 2011-05-29 23:45:49, Adam B said:
So would you say this is better or worse than a pontoon boat trip around Morse reservoir?

On 2011-05-30 15:20:59, Evan said:
What could ever top the Morse pontoon boat?