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Manhattan Island Marathon Swim

January 26, 2008

I have been anxiously waiting to apply and then ultimately receive approval or rejection for the race.  The Manhattan Island Marathon Swim (MIMS) allows 26 solo swimmers into the race around Manhattan.  It is 28.5 miles around the island.  Registration includes being one of the first 25 swimmers registered and then you need to pass the review of the application committee.  The application includes essays about why you would like to swim, training history for the past 2 weeks, training plan for becoming acclimated to cold water, etc.   I was very stressed out over the whole process.  To make matters worse, the registration kept being delayed due to some technical issues on the website.  Finally I was able to register. Then I had to endure the equally stressful time of waiting for approval/rejection.

This last week I received my official acceptance email from the Manhattan Island Foundation.  Jane Barry has signed on to be head crew again.  She must be a glutton for punishment as well.  I’ve also convinced Cathy McElevey, my athletic trainer,  to sign on as well.  She has been immensely helpful in strengthening my shoulders.

Now I have a new goal and I hope that I can do well on the swim, but the field of swimmers is immensely talented. 

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2 Responses to “Manhattan Island Marathon Swim”

  1. Leroy says:

    Just convince the other swimmers that full English breakfast allows the swimmer to swim longer and faster.

    As the sink helplessly to the bottom, you will win by an even bigger margin 🙂

    Congrats on the entry 😉

  2. pat says:

    OR — I could show up now that I’m 6’4″, 250lbs, bald with a goatee. If I wear my Swosh Sunglass I do make an imposing figure or maybe I look more like a schmoo or the Michelin Tire Man. In this case maybe they’d laugh too hard?

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