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Women make a splash in Manhattan Island Marathon Swim

Swimmers brave Manhattan Island Marathon

Originally Published: June 17, 2011
By Elaine K. Howley

Consider this: 28.5 miles is a long way to go by foot or bike. Swimming that distance in the three cold, swift, traffic-packed rivers surrounding Manhattan provides a whole new level of challenge.

Yet, people really do swim around the island and have been doing so for years. This weekend, top amateur swimmers will dive into the mid-60-degree water (sans wetsuits!) to face a tide-assisted counterclockwise circumnavigation of the Big Apple.

Instead of the usual buoys ...

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