(A belated report on — not the longest, not the coldest — but the most comprehensive test of my open-water swimming skills I’ve experienced…)
May 27, 2013. Memorial Day. Bay to Breakers Day.
The day I earned my graduate degree in Open Water Swimming.
Bay to Breakers (B2B) is the most epic event on the South End Rowing Club swim calendar. It should be one of the most iconic long-distance open-water swims in America — yet hardly anyone knows about it outside San Francisco.
Even to most San Franciscans, “Bay to Breakers” refers to the 12km footrace from the Embarcadero to Ocean Beach. According to the website, it is the “oldest consecutively run annual footrace in the world” (since 1912).
But there’s another way to get from The Bay to The Breakers – longer, colder, and far more extreme:
Race director Bill Wygant began his pre-race email memorably:
There are times I wonder if Bob Roper fell asleep one night, had a nightmare and mistook it for an idea for a swim.…