New York City (NYC)
NYC Swim, the longtime sponsor of the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim does not sponsor this event anymore. Check the following organizations for other river based events: CIBBOWS, NYC Triathlon, New York Open Water, New Amsterdam City Swim, River Pool at Beacon, Urban Swim, and Lady Liberty Sharkfest Swim.
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The Manhattan Island Marathon Swim is the most popular marathon swim in the world. It's a 28.5 mile full
counter-clockwise circumnavigation of the island of Manhattan. The course of the marathon is marked by four checkpoints: at
Hell Gate, where the East River meets the Harlem; Spuyten Duyvil, where the Harlem and the Hudson Rivers meet; the 79th Street
Boat Basin on the Hudson River; and Pier 26 in Hudson River Park. Swimmers who fail to arrive at checkpoints before the
designated cut-off times are at risk of fighting a changing current, and are pulled from the course.
The event was first held in 1982. It was organized by Drury Gallagher, a New York entrepreneur, investment banker and
swimming enthusiast who wanted to promote long distance swimming to the Eastern seaboard. The swimmers compete for a place on
the Gallagher Cup, a beautifully crafted trophy from Tiffany's.
The Manhattan Island Marathon Swim is also a symbol of the improving quality of waterways around New York City. As such, it forged alliances with a wide range of environmental groups through its promoters.