Have Fun, Do Good, Enjoy A Swim

Have Fun, Do Good, Enjoy A Swim

Courtesy of Arik Thormahlen, Brooklyn, New York.

Jaimie Monahan seemed to be everywhere, doing everything, in the open water world during 2018.

The World Open Water Swimming Woman of the Year nominee completed the 15 km Cold Half Marathon Swim in Hong Kong, a 18.5 km New York Bay swim, and the 45.9 km 20 Bridges Manhattan Island Swim in New York at the end of a 16-day global tour where she completed 6 marathon swims in South America (Colombia in 32°C water), Oceania (Australia in 15°C water), Asia (Singapore in 29°C water), Africa (Egypt in 30°C water), Europe (Switzerland to France in 20°C water) to set her second Guinness World Record. She also took the time to complete 2 Ice Miles in Paradise Harbour in Antarctica (in 0.57°C water) and Ilulissat Harbour in Greenland (in 2.43°C water) and was honored by the Ice Swimming Hall of Fame.

In addition to her swimming achievements, she also helped administer the Lake Geneva Swimming Association and organized a Vampire Swim in Brooklyn, New York.

The Vampire Swim is an informal open water swim and costume party held around the Halloween weekend in Ireland, Scotland, Canada, and throughout the United States. Swimmers give blood in the 6 weeks before the swim or make a donation to a blood collection organization in their community.

Vampire Swim began in 2015 on the inspiration of Greg O’Connor, Monahan, and Phil White – and quickly grew its Vampire Swimming community.

The minimum open water distance is 25 meters where creative costumes are encouraged and wetsuits and flippers are allowed.

Vampire Swim Venues:
* Vampire Swim Newport, Vermont, USA by Phil White, [email protected]
* Vampire Swim Westport, Connecticut, USA Vampire Swim by Liz Fry, [email protected]
* Vampire Swim Loch Ness, Inverness, Scotland by Helen Beveridge, [email protected]
* Vampire Swim Flathead Lake, Polson, Montana, USA by Mark Johnston, [email protected]
* Vampire Swim Galveston, Texas by Bill Dailey, [email protected]
* Vampire Swim Atlanta, Georgia by Mary Staples, [email protected]
* Vampire Swim San Francisco, California, USA by Cathy Delneo and Suzie Dods, [email protected]
* Vampire Swim Northumberland, England by Jane Hardy and Active Northumberland, [email protected]
* Vampire Swim Boston, Massachusetts, USA by Greg O’Connor, ​[email protected]
* Vampire Swim Ottawa, Ontario, Canada by Nadine Bennett, [email protected]
* Vampire Swim Loch Lomond, Scotland by Chris Sifleet, [email protected]
* Vampire Swim Annapolis, Maryland, USA by Bill Shipp and Janet Kylander Manning, [email protected] and [email protected]
* Vampire Swim Myrtleville, County of Cork, Ireland by Barry Aisling, [email protected]
* Vampire Swim Brooklyn, New York, USA by Jaimie Monahan, [email protected]
* Vampire Swim Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA by Erin Churchill, [email protected]
* Vampire Swim Dublin, Ireland by Fergal Somerville and Laura Williamson, [email protected] and [email protected]
* Vampire Swim San Diego, California, USA by Dan Simonelli, [email protected]
* Vampire Swim Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA by Jamie Ann Phillips, [email protected]
* Vampire Swim Portland, Oregon, USA by Cindy Werhane, [email protected]
* Vampire Swim Detroit, Michigan, USA by Jef Mallett, [email protected]
* Vampire Swim Indian Rocks Beach, Florida, USA by JC Malick, [email protected]
* Vampire Swim Toronto, Ontario, Canada by Amy Ross, [email protected]

For more information or wish to host a new Vampire Swim venue, contact Phil White, Director of the Kingdom Games, at [email protected] For more information about the Vampire Swims, visit here.

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