WOWSA Live with Drury Gallagher and Ned Denison, Talking About Manhattan Island

WOWSA Live with Drury Gallagher and Ned Denison, Talking About Manhattan Island

The 20 Bridges, 40 Bridges, and 8 Bridges events continue to grow with popularity and challenge marathon swimmers from all over the world to showcase their stamina, strength and talents on the rivers around New York City.

But there was a time before these events were organized by New York Open Water – and before the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming was established.

There was a time before David BarraRondi Davies, and Alex Arévalo started organizing the New York Open Water events like 20 Bridges, 40 Bridges and 8 Bridges.

There was a time before Morty Berger organized the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim and its governing entity, NYC Swim, was organizing many different races around Manhattan Island.

Way back in the early 1980’s, Tom Hetzel and Drury Gallagher organized the initial MIMS races. Gallagher talks about those early days – and his early swimming career – with Ned Denison, an International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honoree and Chair of its Executive Committee on the January 12th edition of WOWSA Live.

Gallagher is a International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Administrator (Class of 2011) and a Masters International Swimming Hall of Fame Honor Swimmer (Class of 2006). The 83-year-old received the 2011 Irving Davids-Captain Roger Wheeler Memorial Award by the International Swimming Hall of Fame and is a 27-time world masters swimming record holder.

Enjoy the memories…

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