Portland Bridge Swim

LeslieLeslie Member
edited March 17 in General Discussion

Anyone going this July? Anyone swim it in the past? I am already registered. Would love intel.

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  • dc_in_sfdc_in_sf San FranciscoCharter Member

    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.

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  • malinakamalinaka Seattle, WACharter Member

    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.

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  • danswimsdanswims Portland, ORMember

    Tide looks favorable this year but even so the Willamette is a pretty slow moving river in the Summer.

  • FlowSwimmersFlowSwimmers Polson, MontanaMember

    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.

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  • ssthomasssthomas Charter Member

    I'm doing this and Swim the Suck this year, so we can add some data @dc_in_sf :-)

    dc_in_sfthelittlemerwookieLeslie
  • suziedodssuziedods Charter Member

    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...)

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  • phodgeszohophodgeszoho UKSenior Member
    edited March 20

    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.

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  • On my bucket list. Can't do it this year as I had already promised to kayak a swimmer for another event on the same day. I have family just outside of Portland that I haven't seen in a few years. Would make a family vacation out of it.

  • SydneDSydneD Senior Member

    I went to college and grad school in Portland so I've wanted to do this for years. Super excited that we are making it work this year. My husband and I haven't been back in years, and we can't wait to bore the hell out of our son by dragging him around to all of the places we have young love stories about.

    IronMikessthomasphodgeszoho
  • IronMikeIronMike Moscow, RussiaCharter Member

    SydneD said: ...we can't wait to bore the hell out of our son by dragging him around to all of the places we have young love stories about.

    Ah! Fellow parents with the same parenting scheme...why else have kids?

    NiekssthomasSydneD
  • LeslieLeslie Member

    ssthomas said: I'm doing this and Swim the Suck this year, so we can add some data @dc_in_sf :-)

    See you there! And I can tell you about Swim the Suck...unless you've already done it in the past.

  • Signed up and well into training--then had to have knee surgery this week. It was arthro so hoping for a quick recovery so I can finish my prep... Would be my longest swim to date and I am intimidated by the distance!

    Solo
  • LeslieLeslie Member

    Wishing you a speedy recovery. See you in July..it is in July, right?

    Sarah4140 said: Signed up and well into training--then had to have knee surgery this week. It was arthro so hoping for a quick recovery so I can finish my prep... Would be my longest swim to date and I am intimidated by the distance!

  • ocnswimocnswim San Diego, CAMember

    I did the swim last year(2016). It was weird swimming in fresh water, since I swim in the ocean in San Diego. The first 7 bridges go by pretty quickly, the last 3 bridges seem to take forever. Just know that the water is silty, so you barely see your had at the bottom of your pull. It tastes just fine though.

    At the end they served really spicy chili, which wasn't good on the stomach after swimming that long. Nice group of people worked/volunteered for the event, except for a grumpy "lunch lady" serving the chili. [-X

    It wasn't the best organized swim but everything worked out. I recommend it for a different view of Portland. Have fun with it, best of luck.

  • I did the swim in 2012 and loved it. Am finally going back again this year. Very cool perspective on the city, fun to swim somewhere that you could never do without an event like this, friendly organizers, etc. You do get a bit of a ride from the current towards the end of the race which is nice. Favorite feature: they have kayaks brought to the start and picked up at the finish (for a fee) if you're coming from out of town and don't want to bring your own along with your pilot. Hopefully there are still some left if anyone is still planning to sign up from out of town and needs one...

    wendyv34
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