Anyone going this July? Anyone swim it in the past? I am already registered. Would love intel.
Never done it, but on my list to do :-)
Having a bit of a poke around in the LongSwims database it looks like it swims a bit longer than Swim the Suck when you find swimmers that have done both (e.g. Ali Hall or Tiffany McQueen) though both swims are going to have a wide variation from year to year based on current/conditions.
http://notdrowningswimming.com - open water adventures of a very ordinary swimmer
From my understanding, they plan the swim based on a date that works well for the city, not necessarily one that has a good tide push (like most tide-affected swims) - hence the fluctuation from year to year.
I don't wear a wetsuit; it gives the ocean a sporting chance.
Tide looks favorable this year but even so the Willamette is a pretty slow moving river in the Summer.
This is a WONDERFUL event. Marissa and the organizers do a great job, and the City of Portland is a fantastic to swim through. The river is definitely slow moving, but when you're swimming past some of the BIG SHIPS you get the feeling that you're moving pretty fast...even at the 9-mile point.
I'm doing this and Swim the Suck this year, so we can add some data @dc_in_sf :-)
I did this the 2nd year or the first it was open to the public. It was not a huge push, it WAS fun, there were some logistical glitches w the kayaks but it all worked out. Not too long, not too short. My only memory is that there weren't any sandwhiches left ( because I was like next to last to finish...)
Looking for the next big thing.. ... @suzieswimcoach
I lived near Portland Oregon when I was younger and would love to do this swim one day. I was so excited when I first came across it that I put this image together to inspire myself.