The unique challenges of MIMS

The unique challenges of MIMS

Another interesting post on the Channel Swimmers chat group from Ned Denison (member of the MIMS selection committee), describing some of the unique challenges of MIMS compared to other famous marathon swims (e.g., English Channel):

… [snippet – see chat group for full post]

Somebody referred to MIMS as the “weak sister” of the three events. Be careful… We all know that every open water swim is different and that the same open water swim is different every year, month, day, hour and minute. A daylight EC swim in August with hot sun, warm calm water, no wind and perfect timing to land on the CAP is very different from – what most of us got or will get.

So – there are some things about MIMS that are usually a bit easier that the EC and Catalina. Here are two that resonate with me:

The MIMS team usually gets the timing right so the swimmers have current behind them going up the East and Harlem rivers.

The swimmer doesn’t need to prepare for a 15 hour swim – you will have finished or been pulled long before then.



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Summer marathon swims, in pictures

Summer marathon swims, in pictures

What’s a marathon swim? Distance is how it’s typically defined – any swim 10K or longer. Another indicator? If you need high-level satellite imagery to view the course map.

Saturday, April 9, 2011 – Nike Swim Miami – Miami, FL – 10K

Saturday, April 23 – Tampa Bay Marathon Swim – Tampa, FL – 24 miles

Saturday, June 18 – Manhattan Island Marathon Swim – New York, NY – 28.5 miles

Saturday, July 9 – Kingdom Swim – Newport, VT – 10 miles

Saturday, August 13 – Boston Light Swim – Boston, MA – 8 miles



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2011 Race Schedule (tentative)

2011 Race Schedule (tentative)

Here in Chicago, the trees are gradually defoliating, and the Parks Department finally removed the buoys from our beloved cove south of Promontory Point… which can only mean one thing: Time to start filling in the 2011 Open Water Calendar! In 2010 I attended 12 events (some with multiple races) over 6 months. Eight of these involved air travel. That’s a race (at least) every other week on average. It was super fun, but not so conducive to peak performance. My ‘A’ races – supposedly, the Noblesville 10K and the Big Shoulders 5K – turned into ‘B+’ races because of the near-constant disruption of training.

As for next year, let there be no doubt: MIMS is the ‘A’ race – the main course. Everything else is either aperitif or digestif.

The season will begin April 9 at the Nike Swim Miami. This is a fairly standard 4-loop 10K in a protected nook of the Biscayne Bay. After a long winter of pool training in Chicago, it will be a useful fitness test and good opportunity to de-ice my open-water chops.…

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MIMS selection process – official report

MIMS selection process – official report

This is interesting. Ned Denison, member of the MIMS selection committee, posted the following “inside scoop” on the selection of the field for the 2011 swim. From the Channel Swimmers chat group:

Last year I reported from “inside” the committee to help you all understand how the selection process worked for the 2010 solo swim. Time to update you – a year later.  The goal is simply to de-mystify the process for future solo applicants.

The application process for Manhattan is not simple !   It takes a few hours to complete a swimmer profile and upload evidence of swims and write an essay.  The earlier one starts the more time you have to ask questions and get help. So…the final date was announced in advance and the applicants scheduled time to get up early or stay up late or take an hour or so off work (depending on their location in the world!)

  1. The first 15 applications received were very qualified, had no information outstanding, met all the diversity requirements and were automatically selected.
  2. Another four were automatically accepted out of the next 14 completed applications to help fully meet the diversity criteria. 


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MIMS field selection update

MIMS field selection update

By my unofficial observations, the online applications for MIMS were closed a little over an hour after they opened. 46 swimmers threw their hats into the ring during that time, including:

  • 14 women and 32 men
  • 6 Australians, 4 Britons, 2 Irish, 4 Mexicans, 1 Italian, 1 Portuguese, 2 Spaniards, and 26 Americans
  • 20 English Channel crossers, 6 Catalina Channel crossers, and 8 MIMS finishers

The early favorites would have to include:

  • John Van Wisse – MIMS winner in 2000, 2008, and 2009, and 2-way English Channel crosser in 2010.
  • Erica Rose – former USA open-water national team member, 5K world champion, and more recently, 6th overall finisher in this year’s Big Shoulders 5K.

19 applications (including my own) were accepted the same afternoon, on the basis of the “first-come, first-served, first-completed” policy (i.e., no missing medical forms, etc.). That leaves 6 spots for the remaining 27 applicants. The selection committee will likely meet over the next couple of days, at which point the final field of 25 solo swimmers will be announced.…

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Worldwide tribute to Fran Crippen

Worldwide tribute to Fran Crippen

On October 30, swimmers and friends-of-swimming around the world visited lakes, oceans, bays, rivers, and man-made pools, and offered a tribute to a great swimmer and (by all accounts) remarkable human being, who passed too soon.

Images from all corners of the globe are collected in these two Facebook albums. The second one is viewable by non-Facebook members, but the first one is somewhat better.

Both are beautiful beyond words.…

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In the News – Week of October 25

In the News – Week of October 25

The latest from Steven Munatones’ inimitable Daily News:


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