Urban Open Water: Swimming In The Middle Of The City

Urban Open Water: Swimming In The Middle Of The City

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

While the city of Osaka is planning a 1 km open water swimming canal in the middle of the Japanese megalopolis and numerous cities in Europe from Ireland to the Netherlands offer open water swims in venues that run through the middle of their cities, most of America – outside of New York City – has yet to catch up to the urban open water craze.

But the city of Indianapolis, Indiana is drawing open water swimmers and triathletes to its city center for an urban open water swimming extravaganza.

The Poseidon Swim Challenge is an 800m and 2 km open water swimming event along Canal Walk in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Organized by Ethan Page and the Crossroads Events, the Poseidon Swim Challenge is a point-to-point, warm-water (80°F) swim in the Indiana Central Canal has one long straightaway at the beginning followed by several turns to finish the course onshore. The Indiana Central Canal was dug in the early 1800s, in an effort to facilitate interstate commerce. The refurbished Canal Walk stretches north through White River State Park to 11th Street and serves the downtown community as a waterside promenade for walkers, runners, bikers, sightseers, and now open water swimmers.

For more information on the Poseidon Swim Challenge in downtown Indianapolis, visit here.

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