Swimming in the Hudson: An Ode to Prevention

October 2, 2014 3:17 PM

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Over 200 swimmers completed the 7.5-mile swim Sunday, Sept. 20 in the Hudson, starting at 56th Street and ending a mile after passing under the George Washington Bridge (GWB). For many that meant spending over three hours in the powerful river. Unlike runners, we had no crowds cheering us on. There were no refreshment stations. There was no possibility of taking a break, or any certainty of how far one had swum or how much longer it would take. The few buoys helped guide us. The bridge remained a distant misty goal for what seemed like an eternity.

I get asked that all the time. We swim in rivers and open seas because that is what we do. But this swim is special. It is named for the Little Red Lighthouse that proudly stands at the base of the giant grey bridge and was immortalized by Hildegarde Swift and Lynd Ward in a classic children's book....

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