Posts Tagged: Promontory Point
A recent post at Open Water Chicago alerted me to an incredible collection of photos at the Indiana University Digital Library, taken by Charles Cushman between 1938 and 1969. Of particular interest are the numerous shots he took at Chicago’s Promontory Point in the early 1940s. Through Cushman’s keen eye, we can see the Point was… Read more »
Where are the sacred waters of American marathon swimming – the most historically significant swim spots? Aquatic Park (San Francisco), Brighton Beach (New York City), and La Jolla Cove come to mind. But there’s another location – arguably as significant as those three – that remains remarkably below the radar. Promontory Point in Chicago. The Point… Read more »
Conrad Wennerberg is Chairman Emeritus of the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame and author of the authoritative history of marathon swimming: Wind, Waves, and Sunburn. Originally published in 1974, the book was re-printed in 1999, and is now out of print once again. (Used copies are available through Amazon.) Conrad (or “Connie,” as he’s… Read more »
I don’t take pictures very often. When I do, I often forget to upload them to my computer… which means they’ll just sit there on the camera for months at a time before I remember to check them out. Here are some pictures I took last fall at Promontory Point. Besides being the best swim spot… Read more »
57th Street Beach and the Museum of Science & Industry, as viewed from Promontory Point. Hyde Park, Chicago, IL. September 9, 2010. The same view from today, February 2, 2011.
Remember Ruth-Anne, star of my previous extreme-swimming documentary from Promontory Point? Here she is again, taking a quick dip last Saturday (1/29/2011) in 33F Lake Michigan (air temp about the same): Insanely cold, yes, but let’s count our blessings: At least we didn’t have to hack through ice to find open water!
I want to congratulate my friend and fellow Point swimmer Ruth-Anne on completing the Ironman Cozumel in 16 hours 46 minutes. As an orthopedically challenged swim specialist, I can’t even begin to imagine tackling a 112-mile bike ride and a marathon run… after a 2.4-mile swim. We open water swimmers occasionally rag on our tri… Read more »
One more from our swim last Sunday. Thanks, Louise, for the wonderful photo.
In case you missed them on my Twitter feed, here are a couple videos I took at Sunday’s group swim at the Point. A few intrepid souls will continue swimming into November, but for many this was the last swim until spring. The air was chilly that morning – about 50F – and the water not… Read more »
In order to apply for a spot in the 25-person field of the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim, one must have recent, documented cold-water marathon swimming experience. In practice, that means either a channel crossing (English or Catalina) or a completion of one of NYC Swim’s two ultra-distance events (MIMS itself or the 17.5-mile Ederle Swim)…. Read more »
Summer’s almost gone in Chicago. The winds are picking up; white caps on the lake are a little more frequent; the morning temperatures have a little more bite; the evenings a little less light. Soon, the lake will turn over, bringing the cold depths to the surface, and the air will fail to warm them…. Read more »
As the 2010 open-water season draws to a close, my thoughts occasionally drift to the future – the blank slate that is 2011. And as I contemplate new goals and challenges, a recurring theme has been… cold water tolerance. Aside from occasional childhood forays into the ocean off Santa Barbara – where it never rises… Read more »