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Portland Bridge Swim

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Emily Melina, winner of the 2011 Portland Bridge Swim. Photo by Randy Rasmussen
2011 Portland Bridge Swim, Photo by Randy Rasmussen
Portland Bridge Swim
2013 Portland Bridge Swim

The Portland Bridge Swim is an 10.7-mile (17.2 km) marathon swimming race through Portland, Oregon pioneered by Marisa Frieder. 2011 was the first year that the race was held after Frieder's solo swim in 2010 and is part of the Oregon Open Water Series and the 2018 Oregon Swimcation.

The course passing under all 11 bridges on the Willamette River within the city boundaries. Swimmers must complete a qualifying swim to enter, and are required to have a support kayaker (rentals available) to swim. It is one of the longest marathon swims in the world and was named as one of America's Top 100 Open Water Swims and one of the World's Top 100 River Swims.

Course

The first half of the Portland Bridge Swim course runs through a park-like setting and passes through downtown Portland. The bridges are close together and enticed the swimmers to carry on. The second half of the course is tougher, running through an industrial area with just two bridges in the distance that presents a psychological challenge for the swimmers.

The Race Start is at Sellwood Park, SE 7th Ave. & Miller St. in Portland. The Race Finish is at Cathedral Park, N. Edison & Pittsburg Ave. in Portland.

The course is approximately 10.7 miles (17.2 km) with the current. Swimmers will enter the water at Sellwood Park, swim South under the Sellwood Bridge, pass around the bridge pylons and swim North along the East side of the river. The course runs under all 11 of Portland’s Willamette River bridges, through downtown and beyond. Swimmers will pass under the St. John’s bridge and exit the water via the boat ramp in Cathedral Park. Water temperature is expected to be between 66-72°F (19-22°C).

While the exact route is left to each swimmer, there are some course decisions that are common sense: stay away from high-traffic boat areas such as docks and marina entrances. Avoid shallow areas. Swim where the current is strongest.

Distance

Km 17.2

Miles 10.7

Type

Venue River

Location

Body of Water Willamette River

City Portland

State Oregon

Country USA

Region Americas

Contact

Name Portland Bridge Swim - Marisa Frieder

E-mail marisa@portlandbridgesswim.com

Website Portland Bridge Swim Official Website

Event Information

Event Date 22 July 2012

Class Includes a wetsuit division

Charity No

Relays Yes

2011 Results

1. Emily Melina, 4:19:10 First Place, Women's No Wetsuit
2. Michelle Macy, 4:29:00
3. Ben Weston, 4:39:10 First Place, Men's No Wetsuit
4. Garrett Martin, 5:11:42
5. Joni Young, 5:13:04
6. John Ellis, 5:19:07 First Place, Men's Wetsuit
7. Cara Shrum, 5:26:47
8. Kelsey Bowen, 5:32:13
9. Mark Braun, 5:40:50
10. Mike Humphreys, 5:40:50
11. Suzanne Dods, 6:05:44
12. Bob Needham, 6:22:24
13. Bonnie Edwards, 6:26:02
14. Sethyn Bryan, 7:46:51, First Place, Women's No Wetsuit

2012 Results (top 10)

1. Ryan Bullock - 3:49:14
2. James Proffitt - 4:02:00
3. Relay Ramsey - 4:03:12
4. Relay Watkins - 4:09:22
5. Alyson O'Brien - 4:12:29
6. Greg Jablonski - 4:14:17
7. Thomas Grandine - 4:19:49
8. Lindsey Millard - 4:21:09
9. Oscar Mraz - 4:21:09
10. Relay Istok - 4:21:27

2013 Results

1 Proffitt Relay 3:42 - first relay
2 Johnny van Velthuyzen 4:11 - first male
3 Rod Craig 4:13
4 Alan Bell 4:13
5 Dean Atchison 4:17
6 Dan Robinson 4:18
7 Mark Schopmeyer 4:28
8 Joel Blackmon 4:31
9 Chad Hagedorn 4:32
10 Richard Seibert 4:33
11 Adam Treanor 4:33
12 Bill Bond 4:33
13 Scott Lautman 4:34
14 Laura Cyr 4:34 - first female
15 Jeff Nason 4:36
16 Scheafer Relay 4:36
17 Pat Lee 4:37
18 Peront Relay 4:40
19 Nemanja Spasojevic 4:44
20 Campo Relay 4:46
21 Laura Brown 4:46
22 Shannon Keegan 4:48
23 Brian Noble 4:56
24 Cynthia Werhane 4:59
25 Kelsey Bowen 5:10
26 Orlando Boleda 5:14
27 Claire Teasdale 5:16
28 Tom Andersen 5:16
29 Tim Valenti 5:17
30 Jessica Kieras 5:17
31 Mindy De Armond 5:18
32 Patrick Carlisle 5:20
33 Valls Relay 5:20
34 Istok Relay 5:24
35 Ferber Relay 5:27
36 McClaugherty Relay 5:30
37 Katy Arkell 5:31
38 Hayden Relay 5:33
39 Jim Teisher 5:33
40 Bob Needham 5:44
41 Kennard Goodman 5:48
42 Heather Burger 5:52
43 Luttrell Relay 5:52
44 Wolfe Relay 5:59
45 Erin Scott 6:02
46 Katherine Foster 6:03
47 Jeff Glossa 6:14
48 Malloy Relay 6:16
49 Marcia Anziano 7:12
50 Robert Hanson 7:20

2014 Results

The 2014 event was cancelled during the event due to severe weather.

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