The eighth annual seven-day, seven-stage 8 Bridges Hudson River Swim with take place from June 19th through June 26, 2018.
From the peaceful Catskills to the dramatic Narrows, swimmers will cover more than half of the Hudson River’s great stream, from the Rip Van Winkle Bridge in Hudson 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, Mid-Hudson Bridge; Newburgh-Beacon Bridge, Bear Mountain Bridge, Tappan Zee Bridge, George Washington Bridge, and finally, the spectacular Verrazano Narrows Bridge, covering 120 miles of rolling river.
Each day, up to 20 intrepid swimmers from all over the world will jump into the Hudson.
Only fifteen swimmers have completed all 120 miles and seven stages in one week since the event started in 2011.
The 8 Bridges Hudson River Swim is an epic journey that to celebrates the mighty Hudson and the New York Harbor. Swimmers challenge themselves in one of the longest endurance events while enjoying great scenery and company and highlighting the health of the river.
Riverkeeper provides up to date water quality data for swimmers and non swimmers alike at https://www.riverkeeper.org/water-quality/. Without their continued effort to preserve the Hudson River, swims like this would be impossible to do in a safe manner.
This website is host to the 8 Bridges Blog which documents the experiences of some of our participants as they challenge themselves over the course of the seven day event. Full details and schedules are available at www.nyopenwater.org.
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