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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Mum's On MIMS

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

One of the most organized swims in the world is the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim. The circumnavigation of Manhattan requires at least 11 governmental authorizations and clearances from the U.S. Coast Guard, state government of New York, the individual boroughs of New York, New York City and various other entities and government agencies.

It is certainly not a trivial exercise to organize the solo and relay swimming navigation around Manhattan Island, the heart of New York City. It takes year-round focus, a large budget, and a network of experienced collaborators and passionately supportive volunteers.

Originally organized by Drury Gallagher, MIMS' growth has been spearheaded by Morty Berger over the last few decades. Berger is a tireless event organizer who concurrently grew MIMS as well as the NYC Swim brand and series of events. In developing the swims around Manhattan, Berger also developed a committed network of escort pilots, kayakers and volunteers extraordinaire.

Berger not only work hard to provid data and information in an easy-to-digest manner, but he also incorporated real-time in-race navigation tracking systems and pre-race global webinars for the benefit of the swimmers and their crew members.

But unlike previous years, the amount of information about this year's event has been unusually limited as reported by swimmers planning to attend this year's races.

UPDATE FROM RICHARD CLIFFORD: GOOD NEWS FOR SWIMMERS AND FANS OF THE MANHATTAN ISLAND MARATHON SWIM. RACE DIRECTOR MORTY BERGER WILL PROCEED WITH THE RACE AS PLANNED AND ONLINE ANNOUNCEMENTS WILL BE SOON MADE.

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