If Something Is Worth Doing, It Is Worth Overdoing

If Something Is Worth Doing, It Is Worth Overdoing

If Something Is Worth Doing, It Is Worth Overdoing

Courtesy of New York Open Water, Hudson River, New York. Photos by Nathaniel Johnston.

New York Open Water is organized and run by David Barra, Rondi Davies, and Alex Arévalo.

In the midst the recovery from the COVID-19 lockdown, the trio tirelessly to offer marathon swims and circumnavigation swims for solo swimmers around New York and down the Hudson River.

Sabrina Houston says, “I can’t say enough nice things about New York Open Water. They were so amazing to work with this year.”

Since July, they have been busy, helping swimmers doing what they love to do:

July 5th: 16-year-old Vera Rivard completed the 45.9 km 20 Bridges Swim around Manhattan Island in 7 hours 57 minutes. She spoke about her swims this summer on WOWSA Live:


July 27th: Lauren Byron and Andy Wallace completed a 25.9 km Reverse Ederle-Burke Swim from Sandy Hook, New Jersey to the Battery, New York. Byron’s first-person account is here.

August 19th: Jasmine Johnson set off on the 45.9 km 20 Bridges Swim around Manhattan Island,

August 20th: Leslie Hamilton completed the 45.9 km 20 Bridges Swim around Manhattan Island in 7 hours 23 minutes.

August 20th: Sabrina Houston completed the 45.9 km 20 Bridges Swim around Manhattan Island. Listen to Houston’s podcast about her 7 hour 27 minute circumnavigation swim here.

September 1st: Originally scheduled for August 19th, Juliet Kadlecek postponed her 45.9 km 20 Bridges Swim around Manhattan Island and finished in 7 hours 55 minutes.

September 1st: Rose Buchmann completed the 45.9 km 20 Bridges Swim around Manhattan Island in 8 hours 12 minutes.

September 16th: Lauren Byron and Andy Wallace completed Stage 7 of the 8 Bridges Swim from George Washington Bridge to Verrazanno Narrows Bridge.

September 18th: Jen Schumacher set a 24.4 km Stage 4 (The Highlands) record from the Newburgh-Beacon Bridge to the Bear Mountain Bridges in 3 hours 49 minutes during the 8 Bridges Swim, breaking the record of Adrienne Groccia in 4 hours 7 minutes.

September 18th (ongoing): Joe Zemaitis and John Zemaitis are swimming a tandem 91 km 40 Bridges Swim, a double circumnavigation swim of Manhattan Island.

September 18th (ongoing): Jim Loreto is swimming a tandem 91 km 40 Bridges Swim, a double circumnavigation swim of Manhattan Island.

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