… so NYC Swim has got it right. They are a group that started open water swimming in NYC… their motto is “Take back the Rivers!” And they have been exceptionally successful at it. They now host a whole plethora of great events! The crown jewel of the bunch is the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim, which I was lucky enough to do last year, but all of their races are great events!
Last year, when thoughts of doing a Lake O Crossing were still percolating in Melanie’s head, she went down and did the Governor’s Island Swim. More recently, in fact last weekend, 3 LOST swimmers went down and did the 10k Little Red Lighthouse Swim… and next weekend Steve Faulkner will be doing the daunting Ederle Swim! Which is a 28 km swim from Sandy Hook, New Jersey to Manhattan Island!
The original swim was done by the great Gerturde Ederle in 1925. She was also the first woman to swim the English Channel… in 1926… when she completed the swim in 14:30… a record that stood until 1950.
Back to the present, or at least last weekend… LOSTies Jane, Lisa and Steve all completed the Little Red Lighthouse Swim… a very tough 10k this year! Jane just sent me an email and said that it was a difficult swim this year… very choppy and only the fast swimmers got the full tidal assist… but it was enough fun that she’s going back next year too!
Although the times don’t really mean much because of the current and tide, Jane, Lisa and Steve did really well in the placings! There was 344 people entered… only 240 started because the conditions were so rough! Having said that, Jane finished 214th, time of 2:40… Steve was 187th, time of 2:30… and Lisa was an amazing 29th overall, in a time of 1:32!!!
Congrats to all 3 LOSTies for completing a tough 10k swim!!!… and best of luck to Steve this weekend in the Ederle Swim!!! (note: you can track Steve on the NYCswim.org site, as he’ll have a GPS tracker visible!… should be fun!) GO STEVE GO!!!
PS. I liked Jane’s note… she and Lisa hadn’t met Steve at LOST swimming before but wanted to find him down there in the crowd somehow… so he wore his yellow LOST shirt!!! So he was LOST… and FOUND!