The Triple Crown of Stage Swim by Joe Zemaitis

The Triple Crown of Stage Swim by Joe Zemaitis

The Triple Crown of Stage Swims was first proposed by marathon swimmer Joe Zemaitis in January 2019. The 3 different stage swims are held in New York, Arizona, and Hawaii in lakes in April, the Hudson River in June, and the Pacific Ocean in September:

SCAR Swim Challenge, a 4-day, 4-stage 66.9 km lake stage swim: 15.2 km Saguaro Lake on Day 1 + 14.4 km Canyon Lake on Day 2 + 27.3 km Apache Lake on Day 3 + 10 km Roosevelt Lake on Day 4 in Arizona, USA organized by Kent Nicholas in April.

8 Bridges Hudson River Swim, an 8-day, 7-stage 193 km river stage swim down the Hudson River: 29.4 km on Day 1 + 31.8 km on Day 2 + 21.2 km on Day 3 + 24.4 km on Day 4 + 31.8 km on Day 5 (called The Beast) + 25.2 km on Day 6 + 29.1 km on Day 7 in New York, USA organized by New York Open Water in June.

Au I Na Mokupuni Ekolu Endurance Challenge Invitational, a 3-day 3-stage 42.9 km ocean channel stage swim: 14.2 km Auau Channel from Maui to Lanai on Day 1 + 13.7 km Pailolo Channel from Maui to Molokai on Day 2 + 15 km Kalohi Channel from Molokai to Lanai on Day 3 in Hawaii, USA organized by Dr. Steven Minaglia in September.

To achieve the Triple Crown of Stage Swims in one year (between April to September), a swimmer would have to swim over 302 km in some pretty rough water that could range from cold to warm.

Photo above shows Paul TowersDr. Steven MinagliaVan CornwellScott SchroederStephen Rouch and Devon Clifford on Molokai before the 2018 ʻAu I Nā Mokupuni ʻEkolu Swim Challenge in Hawaii.

Apache Lake of the SCAR Swim Challenge

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