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Liberty Swim Series

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The Liberty Swim Series was a series of solo marathon swims and stage swims totaling 400 miles of uncharted waters into currents and waters without currents by Skip Storch.

It included swims in the Harlem River, East River, and Hudson River and along the New Jersey shore and Long Island. He swam through days and nights where Storch encountered storms, hail, lighting, northeasters, and sewage bypasses.

On the last leg of the Long Island Swim, he was the first person to swim the complete length of the East River. The 85-mile Jersey Shore swim and the 100-mile Long Island Swim was assisted by wearing a short wetsuit. During his swims that drew attention to the health of the New York waterways, Storch was visited by Richie Havens, Pete Seager, Robert Kennedy Jr., Malcolm Forbes, Donald Trump along with countless other politicians governors, senators, protesters, fans, environmental groups, government agencies, dogs and swimmers.

Skip Storch[edit]

Storch was inducted in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame as an Honour Swimmer in 2009. He currently serves on the board of directors on the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame and is a member of the 24-hour club and the Half Century Club.

Storch was nominated in 2008 for an ESPY Award as the "Best Outdoor Athlete" due to his triple 85.5-mile non-stop circumnavigation of Manhattan Island in a record time of 32 hours 52 minutes and his double circumnavigation record of 20 hours 56 minutes during the same swim. Storch has also done the 48 km (28.5-mile) Manhattan Island Marathon Swim, a 32 km (21-mile) swim in the Hudson River, two 246 km (153-mile) stage swims from the Albany Yacht Club to Pier A Battery Park in New York City, and attempted a solo swim from Cuba to Florida where he lasted over 25 hours before the elements turned against him.

His first stage swim in 1988 was 53 hours 20 minutes down the 150-mile length of the Hudson River from Albany to Manhattan Island.

In 1989-1990, he completed two exhibition stage swims of 85 miles along the New Jersey Shore and 100 miles along the Long Island Sound to promote clean waters as part of the Liberty Swim Series. In 1990 he became the first person to swim the complete length of the East River, a 24 km (15-mile) through Hell’s Gate. During that swim he swam in a lighting and hail storm. Although the swim started out in clean waters, he had to swim through 3.5 million gallons of raw sewage that was released due to a fire at Ward Island sewage treatment plant.

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