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.
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