Race Report: Great Hudson River Swim

by Evan Morrison. 01 June 2011.


On a whim in late May, three weeks before MIMS, I flew out to New York on a Friday evening, woke up the next morning and did the Great Hudson River Swim. The first race of the NYC Swim series, the GHRS is a quick 1.6-mile dash down the Hudson. I had a free hotel night expiring soon, found a cheap flight, and had an itch for some early-season racing. So I figured, what the hell. Perhaps I’d even gain some immune-system benefit from a quick dip in the Hudson before MIMS?

I would see this view under different circumstances 3 weeks later...

I don’t have time for a full narrative, but here are a few bullet points:

Photo Credit: Hector Adalid
Staggered start + river with big tidal flows = dock-jump to get in the water, a staggered start is the only choice. Ah, well... tough beans. Thankfully, Dave Barra swooped in to save the day and offered me a ride out to Brighton Beach for a dip with the CIBBOWS. I got in some quality time with John and Janet, and met Rondi for the first time. I joined John and Rondi for a swim to the Coney Island pier and back, before I had to head back to the hotel, shower, and get to the airport. All in all, a successful weekend. I was back in Chicago in time for dinner.


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