Remembering The 2010 Manhattan Island Marathon Swim

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

There were 24 soloists and 11 relays that participated in the 2010 circumnavigation race around Manhattan Island.

Many of the Americans, Australians, British, Spanish, Guatemalan, French, and Canadian swimmers who took part of the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim were either already renowned marathon swimmers – or became quite accomplished over the course of their subsequent crossings and swims.

25-year-old Chloë McCardel of Melbourne, Australia went toe-to-toe with 35-year-old Spanish marathon swimmer Jaime Caballero of San Sebastian all day long – alternating in the lead – to nip him by less than 10 meters at the end and win the 2010 Manhattan Island Marathon Swim.

Several of the swimmers recalled their participation in the memorable 28.5-mile (46 km) race.

Daily News of Open Water Swimming: What do you remember from this race?

Marcia Cleveland: The relay was a lot of fun and I got to see a lot of friends in the open water swimming community. The swimming was pretty easy and our team had matching bathing suits. The water was in the 60s and the air was in the 70s, overcast for most of the day. It was good swimming weather.

Stephen Junk: I remember weather and conditions being good. In previous Manhattan Island Marathon Swims, I have gone out too hard and felt very tired when hitting the Hudson. On this occasion, my swim was more controlled and I felt strong on my swim down the Hudson River. I was even thinking I might be able to reach Chloe, who our crew could see in the distance. This was to be my last marathon swimming before hanging up my Speedos…..I did retire but the draw of ocean swims brought me back to the sport three years later. And I am now enjoying counting down Oceans Seven.

Note: Junk is booked for a North Channel crossing in the August 27th – September 3rd tide which will be his final swim of the Oceans Seven.

Marcella MacDonald: Manhattan was my debut to the 20+ mile swim in 1993. It was so different than it is now; lower key and very supportive. I like the pre-internet race to the entry time…I know I’m showing my age. In 1993, the race was sponsored by a beer company, Amsterdam brewery (that is no longer around), but it was a wonderful day and great party.

Rob Kent: After I didn’t complete my first big marathon swim a few years earlier (English Channel) I wanted to redeem myself…to myself. I was very unsure if I could actually complete it. As it turned out, in retrospect, it ended up being one of my best races and went really well.

Jaimie Monahan: Manhattan Island Marathon Swim 2010 was one of my first marathon swims ever and a very special one to me. Since then …read more