Jaimie Monahan's Manhattan Island Exploits Recognized By Guinness World Records

Jaimie Monahan’s Manhattan Island Exploits Recognized By Guinness World Records

Jaimie Monahan was recognized by the Guinness World Records for the most swims around Manhattan Island.

Known as the Queen of Manhattan Island, Monahan has completed the 45.9 km circumnavigation swim around the island of Manhattan in New York, more times than any other individual in history: 29 circumnavigations between June 2010 and October 2020.

Monahan became the first person to perform a Quadruple Manhattan Circumnavigation Swim on September 18th – 20th 2020, covering four consecutive laps, a total distance of 114 miles or 184 km in 45 hours 24 minutes. The previous month, she had also completed the same course seven times in seven days, between August 17th and 23rd, another unprecedented feat.

The current King of Manhattan is American Kristian Rutford from the state of Nebraska with 23 career circumnavigation swims around Manhattan Island between 1988 and 2019.

Monahan holds all kinds of open water swimming records. In 2017, she became the first person to complete the Ice Sevens Challenge, an Ice Mile in sub-5°C water on each continent, as recognized by the International Ice Swimming Association after completing her seventh Ice Mile in the Beagle Channel near Ushuaia, Argentina.

Monahan also logged the female record for fastest time to complete a 10 km marathon swims on six continents in a cumulative time of 15 days 8 hours 19 minutes – after finishing her sixth swim in New York City in August 2018.

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Steven Munatones