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8 Bridges Hudson River Swim

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8 Bridges Hudson River Swim course

The 8 Bridges Hudson River Swim is an 8-day, 7-stage marathon swimming stage swim down the Hudson River in the State of New York in the United States. The 8 Bridges Hudson River Swim course covers 120 miles (193 km) in 7 stages over 8 days with a rest day or rain day if necessary. The swim, co-founded by David Barra and Rondi Davies, begins at the Rip Van Winkle Bridge near Catskill, New York and ends at the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in New York City, U.S.A. Its stage swims are among the longest marathon swims and the longest stage swim in the world, and is part of the Triple Crown of Stage Swims.

Mission[edit]

The swim aims to raise awareness for the work of New York Open Water, Riverkeeper, and Launch 5, all organizations concerned with making the entire length of the Hudson a clean, sustainable and safe environment for all. Public viewing will be possible along many places on the River.

Honors[edit]

Triple Crown of Stage Swims[edit]

It is part of the Triple Crown of Stage Swims:

Stages[edit]

Stage 1 (The Islands): Day 1 from Rip Van Winkle Bridge to Kingston Rhinecliff Bridge (18.3 miles or 29.4 km)
Stage 2 (The Lighthouses): Day 2 from Kingston Rhinecliff Bridge to Mid-Hudson Bridge (19.8 miles or 31.8 km)
Stage 3: Day 3 from Mid-Hudson Bridge to Newburgh Beacon Bridge (13.2 miles or 21.2 km)
Stage 4 (The Highlands): Day 4 from Newburgh Beacon Bridge to Bear Mountain Bridge (15.2 miles or 24.4 km)
Stage 5 (The Beast): Day 5 from Bear Mountain Bridge to Tappan Zee Bridge (19.8 miles or 31.8 km)
Stage 6 (The Palisades): Day 6 from Tappan Zee Bridge to George Washington Bridge (15.7 miles or 25.2 km)
Stage 7: Day 7 from George Washington Bridge to Verrazano Narrows Bridge (18.1 miles or 29.1 km)

Online Presence[edit]

Stage 2[edit]



2016 8 Bridges Hudson River Swim with Jamie Tout

Stage 3[edit]

Stage 4[edit]

Stage 5[edit]

Stage 6[edit]

Stage 7[edit]

Celebration Party[edit]

Dave Barra Background[edit]

7-stage Finisher[edit]

A 7-stage finisher is a swimmer who successfully completes all 7 of the stages at the 8 Bridges Hudson River Swim.

2011 8 Bridges Hudson River Swim[edit]

These are the results and courses swum day after day in the 2011 event.

Stage 1[edit]

The 18.3-mile course was from the northwest side of the Rip Van Winkle Bridge in Catskill, New York to the southwest side of the Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge in Kingston, New York

2011 Results[edit]

1. Rondi Davies 5:25 2. Lisa Neidrauer 5:39 3. David Barra 5:44 4. Janet Harris 5:50 5. Gilles Chalandon 6:05 DNF Leonard Jansen 6:55 DNF Bill Daily 1:50

Stage 2[edit]

The 19.8-mile course was from the northwest side of Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge in Kingston, New York to the southwest side of the Mid-Hudson Bridge in Poughkeepsie, New York.

2011 Results[edit]

1. John Reagan 6:21 2. David Barra 6:26 3. Martin Turecky 7:53 DNF Rondi Davies 4:10

Stage 3[edit]

The 13.2-mile course is from the northeast side of the Mid-Hudson Bridge in Poughkeepsie, New York to the southwest side of the Beacon-Newburgh Bridge in Beacon, New York.

2011 Results[edit]

1. Rondi Davies 4:24:38 2. Rebecca Wassner 4:29:59 3. Marilee Kiernen 4:42:26 4. David Barra 4:45:00 5. Kimberly Plewa 5:02:32 6. Leticia Flores Hernandez 5:05:37 7. Cara Mcateer 5:11:45 7. Terry Laughlin 5:11:45

Stage 4[edit]

The 15.2-mile course is from the northeast side of the Beacon-Newburgh Bridge in Beacon, New York to the south side of the Bear Mountain Bridge near Stony Point, New York.

2011 Results[edit]

1. Rondi Davies 5:28:45 2. John Humenik 5:28:45 3. Janet Harris 5:35 4. Lisa Neidrauer 5:35 5. David Barra 5:41:06 6. Leticia Flores Hernandez 6:26:25

Stage 5[edit]

The 19.8-mile course is from the northeast side of Bear Mountain Bridge near Stony Point in New York to the south side of the Tappan Zee Bridge in Tarrytown, New York.

2011 Results[edit]

1. John Humenik 8:12 2. Tobey Anne Saracino 9:52 DNF David Barra 9:30 DNF Eileen Burke 7:30 DNF Mo Siegel 6:50 DNF Rondi Davies 4:10

Stage 6[edit]

The 15.7-mile course is from the northeast side of the Tappan Zee Bridge in Tarrytown, New York to the south side of the George Washington Bridge in New York City, New York.

2011 Results[edit]

1. Rondi Davies 3:41 2. David Barra 3:53

Stage 7[edit]

The 18.6-mile course is from the east side of the George Washington Bridge in New York City, New York to the southeast side of the Verrazano Narrows Bridge in Staten Island, New York.

2011 Results[edit]

1. Rondi Davies 5:23 2. David Barra 6:14

Costs[edit]

US$700 per stage for stages 1-6 and US$1,300 for stage 7. For all 7 stages, US$5,000 (a US$500 discount).

Honors[edit]

New York Open Water won the 2016 Streeter Award for Service to Marathon Swimming from the Marathon Swimmers Federation for organizing the 20 Bridges, Spuyten Duyvil 10K, 8 Bridges Hudson River Swim, and 2 Bridges Swim Under The Walkway.

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