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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Swimming for Relief, in Herald Square

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Photo by myself in Herald Square, at 34th Street and Sixth Avenue, in Midtown.

Diana Nyad, the long distance swimmer, was midway through her swim for her charity 'Swim for Relief', Wednesday morning.

A makeshift lap pool was set up right outside the entrance to Macy's. There were two lanes set up, so Nyad could have companions join her during the 48-hour swim. I was there around 10 am, and the clock was at the 25-hour mark.

There were grandstand seats, and cameras, and a narrow walkway where people could stand and take photos. Once you stood on the raised walkway, the pool was about the level of your chest.

At this writing, Swim for Relief has raised $70k, with funds going to victims of Hurricane Sandy. Their website has a webcam showing the pool (!) so you can tune into see Nyad go back and forth, and back and forth. It's a little chilly now in the city, but nothing like what it must be at sea.

For the Swim for Relief website, click here.

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Related posts: A Quick Game, in Tompkins Square Park, On the Ice, in Midtown, and Badminton in Burqas, in Brooklyn.


s.c said...

Ha we have a sort of the same, only it goes through the canals in town and with a lot of people for a good cause. Last year our current queen Maxima was one of the participants. Its called the city swim . It has a length of 2 km and benefits patients of the ALS disease.

Antjas said...

Thanks for sharing the link. Fun to watch. Can't imagine being in the pool for that long. Brrr.

RedPat said...

She's incredible!

Lily Hydrangea said...

Someone just told me she completed the swim & when she was finished she said it was harder than swimming in the ocean.
After what she has accomplished I would think this had to be a tad bit monotonous.

Lily Hydrangea said...

I forgot to say - she is AMAZING!