Were we nervous looking into the swirling waters of the East River? Yeah, a bit. Especially when a few of us spotted a five or six foot long hunk of wood with dozens of nails protruding from both ends -- and even a few in the middle floating not 3 feet from shore. Fortunately, most of the floating "stuff" was close to shore and by the time we reached 40 or 50 yards out, it was clear sailing (not counting the currents!).
Rob and Mike, happy and confident before the start -- some times, "ignorance is bliss".
Joan was there too -- always great to see a familiar face at events like this.
And now, before you have to read any further, let's give you the results:
Rob Martell finished 4th overall in a time of 19:06
Mike Engel finished 29th overall in a time of 23:36
Joan Heath finished 51st overall in a time of 29:13
To put these times in perspective:
The first place finisher had a time of 17:15
The last place finisher had a time of 43:32
And, 49 swimmers who started the race on the Manhattan side did not finish and had to be pulled from the water! Congratulations to the 77 who completed the swim and to Rob and Mike who took first place in their age groups.
Join us in the East River via pictures below!