Start/Finish Location: Pier A, Battery Park, New York, NY
Registration Opens: November 1, 2019 (registration for 2019 is now closed)
Number of Swimmers: 16 per event date, 2 per quiet swim date

Event Dates: 

20 Bridges-1. Saturday, June 1 [Sunday, June 2].

20 Bridges-2. Saturday, July 13 [Sunday, July 14].

20 Bridges-3. Saturday, August 17 [Sunday, August 18].

20 Bridges-4. Saturday, August 31 [Sunday, September 1].

Quiet Swim Dates: 

20 Bridges Quiet Swim-1,  July 1 & 2

20 Bridges Quiet Swim-2,  July 16 & 17

20 Bridges Quiet Swim-3,  July 17, 18, 19

20 Bridges Quiet Swim-4,  July 18, 19, 20

20 Bridges Quiet Swim-5,  August 1& 2

20 Bridges Quiet Swim-6,  August 13 & 14

20 Bridges Quiet Swim-7, August 14, 15, 16

20 Bridges Quiet Swim-8,  August 29 & 30

20 Bridges Quiet Swim-9,  September 2

20 Bridges Quiet Swim-10, September 12 & 13

20 Bridges Quiet Swim-11, October 14 & 15

20 Bridges Quiet Swim-12, October 15, 16, 17


The cost for 2019 20 Bridges is $3000. This cost includes a boat/boater, official observer and kayak/kayaker. Swimmers are allowed a maximum of two crew members.
cholarships will be offered to swimmers aged 25 and under and their entry fee is $2000. If swimmers provide their own kayaker, kayak and other gear they can reduce the fee by $100.

Withdrawal Policy:

* Withdrawal before April 1: swimmer gets a full refund minus a $300 processing fee.
* Withdrawal after April 1: swimmer will loose their deposit of $750.
* Withdrawal on event day: Swimmer will loose entire fee.

Fundraising Policy:

You are welcome to raise funds for a cause when you swim 20 Bridges as long as you abide by the following guidelines.
* The organization you are raising funds for must be a registered charity or not-for-profit organization.
* This organization can not represent a religious or political cause.
* All proceeds must go to the charity you are fundraising for. You can not fund your swim through your fundraising efforts.


November 1   20 Bridges registration opens at 12 PM EDT
November 7  20 Bridges registration closes at 12 PM EDT
December 1   Date assignments will be announced.
December 15    Deposits are due. Registrants may lose their swim slot if they are late with their payment and we have a wait list for that date.
April 1 Final payment balance is due. Crew registration must be completed by this time.

Information for Applicants:

The application will open on Thursday, November 1 at 12 PM EDT and will close on Wednesday November 7 at 12 PM. Swimmers will be notified of their slot by December 1 at which time a 25% non-refundable deposit of $750 is required.

20 Bridges Selection Criteria:

Entries are no longer ranked by their timestamp, so swimmers should take their time to make a strong application. Instead, we will be putting an emphasis on swimmer resume. Criteria will include:

  1. Completed recent and less recent marathon swims
  2. Field diversity for each date (age, gender, nationality)
  3. Swimmer schedule (EC, CC bookings)
  4. Participation as a NYOW volunteer
  5. Preferred swim dates
  6. Cold water experience (For 20 Bridges-1 on June 1)

What can I prepare in advance for the application form?

*  Emergency contact name & relationship:
*  Emergency contact phone number:
*  Medical conditions
*  List your marathon swimming experience over the past three years.
*  List any other marathon swimming experience.
*  List any other athletic activities you would like us to consider in your application.
*  List your pace for one hour of swimming hard in a pool.
*  List the distance you swim per week during peak marathon training.
*  Water temperatures on June 1 will be as low as 60 ̊F. To be considered for this date list your cold water experience.
*  Include a one to three paragraph biography about yourself including your marathon swimming experiences.
*  Include a photo of yourself that we have permission to use on our website and social media platforms.
*  Provide your feeding plan for a marathon swim.
*  Name of charity you are fundraising for.

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The 20 Bridges around Manhattan Island include:

Hudson River (date built/length):
1. George Washington Bridge (1931/1,450.85 meters)

Harlem River (date built/length):
2. Spuyten Duyvil Bridge (1899/186 meters)
3. Henry Hudson Bridge (1936/673 meters)
4. Broadway Bridge (1962/170.08 meters)
5. University Heights Bridge (1908/82 meters)
6. Washington Bridge (1888/723.9 meters)
7. Alexander Hamilton Bridge (1963/724 meters)
8. High Bridge (1848/600 meters)
9. 18. Macombs Dam Bridge (1895/774 meters)
10. 145th Street Bridge (1905/489 meters)
11. Madison Avenue Bridge (1910/577 meters)
12. Park Avenue Bridge (1954/100 meters)
13. Third Avenue Bridge (1898/853.44 meters)
14. Willis Avenue Bridge (1901/979 meters)
15. Triborough Bridge (1936/230 meters)
16. Wards Island Bridge (1951/285.6 meters)

East River (date built/length):
17. Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge (1909/1,135 meters)
18. Williamsburg Bridge (1903/2,227.48 meters)
19. Manhattan Bridge (1909/2,089 meters)
20. Brooklyn Bridge (1883/1,825 meters)