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Saturday, June 30, 2012
Amazing Grace, Halfway Along The 8 Bridges Swim
Like Palfrey, the swimmers in New York are stretching the boundaries of what is possible. Conceived by David Barra and Rondi Davies, the 8 Bridges Hudson River Swim is a 7-stage swim that begins at the Rip Van Winkle Bridge near Catskill, New York and ends at the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge in New York City.
It is the longest competitive swim in the world (see list here).
On the 15.2-mile Stage 4 from Newburgh Beacon Bridge to Bear Mountain Bridge, Californian Grace van der Byl is holding strong, finishing in 4 hours 10 minutes. Grace, who is embarking on all 7 stages, describes this Stage 4 in glowing terms. "If you come up for any one stage, this is it. It was epic beauty. Instead of racing the stage, I took my time to enjoy the sights. Stunning. There was an island with a castle, West Point, Monasteries, huge cliffs that seemed to shoot up out of nowhere, beautiful marsh lands, and even trains going past on both sides of the river."
Results of Stage 4
1. Grace van der Byl - 4:10:46
2. Rondi Davies - 4:19:53
3. William Miller - 4:39:48
4. Elias Falcon - 4:49:16
5. John Reagan - 4:55:54
6. Mary Kavaney - 5:30:29
7. Martin Turecky - 5:45:07
8. Suzanne Sataline - 6:28:35
Stage 1: Rip Van Winkle Bridge - Kingston Rhinecliff Bridge (18.3 miles or 29.4 km)
Stage 2: Kingston Rhinecliff Bridge - Mid-Hudson Bridge (19.8 miles or 31.8 km)
Stage 3: Mid-Hudson Bridge - Newburgh Beacon Bridge (13.2 miles or 21.2 km)
Stage 4: Newburgh Beacon Bridge - Bear Mountain Bridge (15.2 miles or 24.4 km)
Stage 5: Bear Mountain Bridge - Tappan Zee Bridge (19.8 miles or 31.8 km)
Stage 6: Tappan Zee Bridge - George Washington Bridge (15.7 miles or 25.2 km)
Stage 7: George Washington Bridge - Verrazano Narrows Bridge (18.1 miles or 29.1 km)
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