Rose Pitonof Swim

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Join us on Saturday, August 18th, 2012, for a tidal assisted 17 mile swim from Manhattan to Coney Island.

This annual event, now in its third year, commemorates the historic swim of Rose Pitonof, World Champion Swimmer of the early 1900s, and the first person ever to successfully complete this swim at the young age of 17.

The Swim will begin in the East River at East 26th Street. The Swimmers will proceed down the Manhattan side of the East River, crossing over to the Brooklyn side after crossing under the Williamsburg Bridge. The Swimmers will then continue along the Brooklyn shore line, under the Manhattan and Brooklyn Bridges, through Buttermilk Channel, under the Verrazano Bridge, around Norton’s Point, and on to Steeplechase Pier.



Check In Time:
9:00 – 9:30 at 23rd Street and East River

Start Time:
11:00.  All swimmers will start no later than 11:15 to allow for optimal tidal assist throughout the Swim

Backup Date:

Start Location:
East 26th Street, Manhattan

Finish Location:
Steeplechase Pier, Coney Island

Swimmer Start:
Swimmers will arrive at East 26th Street approximately one hour prior to Swim

Swimmer Finish:
Swimmers will tap a buoy at Steeplechase Pier, and swim to shore

Time Limit:
8 hrs

Age Requirements:
18 years and over

Experience Requirement:
All applicants must complete and submit proof of a 3-hours or longer Qualifying
Swim by July 14, 2012 in order to be eligible to participate

Qualifying Swims include:

  • 2010, 2011 or 2012 solo or 2-person relay finishers of the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim
  • 2010, 2011 or 2012 finishers of the English Channel solo swim
  • 2010, 2011 or 2012 finishers of the Catalina Channel solo swim
  • 2010 or 2011 finishers of the Ederle Swim
  • Open-water swim that is that is 3 hours or longer completed between August 18, 2011 and May 18th, 2012, without a wetsuit
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