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Race directors David Barra and Rondi Davies, in collaboration New York Open Water, will present the seventh annual seven-day, seven-stage 8 Bridges Hudson River Swim from June 15 to June 22, 2017.
From the peaceful Catskills to the dramatic Narrows, intrepid swimmers will cover more than half of the Hudson River’s great stream, from the Rip Van Winkle Bridge in Hudson down to the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge — the entrance to the New York Harbor. For one week, each day’s marathon swim will begin just north of one bridge and end on the south side of the next, covering distances ranging from 13.2 miles to 19.8 miles.
The swim will string together the Rip Van Winkle Bridge; Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge; the Mid-Hudson Bridge; Newburgh-Beacon Bridge; Bear Mountain Bridge; the Tappan Zee Bridge; the George Washington Bridge; and finally, the spectacular Verrazano Narrows Bridge, covering 120 miles of rolling river.
Only six swimmers have completed all seven stages in one week: Grace Van Der Byl, Rondi Davies, Andrew Malinak, Lori King, Cheryl Reinke and Paige Christie.
Escort Pilot Greg Porteus and his boat Launch 5 (http://www.launch5.com), will serve as safety support.