Everything Comes Up Roses, 100 Years Apart

Everything Comes Up Roses, 100 Years Apart

Everything Comes Up Roses, 100 Years Apart

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

The Rose Pitonof Swim was a 17-mile swim, founded by Deanne Draeger, from Manhattan Island to Coney Island in New York, U.S.A.

The race is a replication of the first swim of this distance and course, completed by Rose Pitonof, a 17-year-old swimmer who swam the course in 1911. The 2011 Rose Pitonof Swim celebrated the Centennial of Rose’s achievement. Six swimmers successfully replicated her swim in August 2011…exactly 100 years to the day after her first swim.

Jason Malick recalled the scene, “The swimmers and crew, boat observers, kayakers, and escort boats congregated at the foot of East 26th Street. After waiting for tides to be just right, we would be swimming against a weak flood at first and then be assisted by the ebb for the remainder of the swim. At first, it felt like swimming in a natural “endless” pool.

With the help of my kayakers, we took a position close to the Manhattan bulkheads and sea walls and slowly made progress up the East River. The Williamsburg Bridge came fairly quickly, then a crossover the river to the Brooklyn side, before passing underneath the Manhattan Bridge and Brooklyn Bridge.

It was everything I expected

Most of us made steady progress against the tide. We finally felt the effects of the ebb as we flew by Governor’s Island and set our sights on the Verrazano. As the ebb progressed, the slower swimmers caught up and it was anyone’s race. After 6 hours and 24 minutes of swimming a scenic course, we arrived at Steeplechase pier. Climbing ashore 37 minutes after the first place finisher, Lori Carena, I couldn’t help to think, so this is what Coney Island is like. It was my first time after coming to New York City for 29 years and I grabbed a hot dog from Nathan’s. Afterwards, at the celebratory party, we met family members of Rose. It was an amazing treat – and event highly recommended to anyone interested in marathon swims or looking to add to their resumes.”

The official results:
1. Lori Carena: 5:47:08 (shown above)
2. Cara McAteer 5:51:05
3. Leonard Jansen: 6:01:15
4. Jaimie Monahan: 6:03:48
5. Alan Morrison: 6:09:04
6. Jason Malick: 6:24:53

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Steven Munatones