noun - The Beast is stage 5 of the 7-stage 8 Bridges Hudson River Swim, a 7-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. The swim, co-founded by David Barra and Rondi Davies, begins at the Rip Van Winkle Bridge near Catskills, 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. It is one of America's Top 100 Open Water Swims.
Stage 1, Friday July 8. Rip Van Winkle Bridge - Kingston Rhinecliff Bridge (18.3 miles or 29.4 km)
Stage 2, Saturday July 9. Kingston Rhinecliff Bridge - Mid-Hudson Bridge (19.8 miles or 31.8 km)
Stage 3, Sunday July 10. Mid-Hudson Bridge - Newburgh Beacon Bridge (13.2 miles or 21.2 km)
Stage 4, Monday July 11. Newburgh Beacon Bridge - Bear Mountain Bridge (15.2 miles or 24.4 km)
Stage 5, Tuesday July 12. Bear Mountain Bridge - Tappan Zee Bridge (19.8 miles or 31.8 km), called The Beast
Stage 6, Wednesday July 13.Tappan Zee Bridge - George Washington Bridge (15.7 miles or 25.2 km)
Stage 7, Thursday July 14. George Washington Bridge - Verrazano Narrows Bridge (18.1 miles or 29.1 km)