The Manhattan Island Foundation, founded in 1993, organizes swimming events in the waters around Manhattan. Since its inception, the Foundation has attracted nearly 10,000 participants in more than 70 swimming races, thus helping to revive a local aquatic tradition that had been abandoned for nearly a century.
The season's premier contest is the annual Manhattan Island Marathon Swim, which draws an international roster of swimmers. This summer the Foundation is also hosting ten other events of various distances inlcuding two multi-sport races; and three open-water swim clinics
The Manhattan Island Foundation has two goals: to support and expand public Learn-to-Swim programs throughout New York City, particularly those that serve at-risk youth; and to raise public awareness of the waters that surround New York by supporting efforts to clean and protect them. Thanks to the Foundation, more than 40,000 city children have learned to swim in the last 12 years.
Special Reminders for Participants
For last minute information on the status of an event, call the MIF hotline at 888-NYC-SWIM (888-692-7946).
2008 Swim Series
Enrollment for most of the events in the 2008 Swim Series is open! Please check the individual swim pages for information on each event and the link to sign up.
Application procedures for the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim (MIMS) are now available on our website. Registration for the event is now scheduled to open on the following schedule:
Category A (Frequent Participant) and Corporate Relays on January 7, 2008 at 1:00 PM U.S. Eastern Standard Time
Category C (Fundraising Relays) on January 8, 2008 at 1:00 PM U.S. Eastern Standard Time
All other entries (Solo swimmers; other relays that are not Fundraising, Corporate or Category A Relays) on January 9, 2008 at 1:00 PM U.S. Eastern Standard Time.
Lady Liberty Swim
Park to Park Swim
Governors Island Swim
Manhattan Island Marathon Swim
English Channel Brunch
Aquathlon: Stars & Stripes
Swim 1.5 km / Run 5 km
Riverside Park Tune Up Swim
Brooklyn Bridge Swim
Little Red Lighthouse Swim