General Information
Important Dates November 1, 2018. Enrollment opens for 7-stage swimmers and all kayakers.
December 1, 2018. Enrollment opens for all swimmers and volunteers.
January 15, 2019. Deposits for 25% of entry fee are due.
April 15, 2019. Prices increase by $100 per stage.
May 1, 2019. Full payment of entry fee is due.
May 6, 2019. 
Entries close
June 1, 2019. Kayaker assignments made, if not sooner
Event Dates Saturday June 8, 2019. Stage 1. The Islands.
Rip Van Winkle Br. to Kingston Rhinecliff Br.
Sunday June 9, 2019. Stage 2. The Lighthouses.
Kingston Rhinecliff Br. to Mid-Hudson Br.
Monday June 10, 2019. Stage 3. The Hudson Valley.
Mid-Hudson Br. to Newburgh Beacon Br.
Tuesday June 11, 2019. Stage 4. The Highlands.
Newburgh Beacon Br. to Bear Mountain Br.
Thursday June 13, 2019. Stage 5. The Great Bays.
Bear Mountain Br. to New Tappan Zee Br.
Friday June 14, 2019. Stage 6. The Palisades.
Tappan Zee Br. to George Washington Br.
Saturday June 15 , 2018. Stage 7. Liberty.
George Washington Br. to Verrazano Narrows Br.
Fees & Deadlines
Stages 1 to 6 = $800 solo per stage.
* Subtract $100 per stage if you provide your own kayaker and kayak. Your kayaker must be declared at time of enrollment and must be approved by the race director.Stage 7 = $1,400 solo per stage.Each swimmer will have their own escort boat which increases the cost of this stage.** Subtract $100 per stage if you provide your own kayaker and kayak. Onlykayakers with prior New York Harbor swimmer escort experience will be approved. Your kayaker must be declared at time of enrollment and must be approved by the race directors.Additional discounts of $50 for two stages, $100 for three or four stages and $500 for seven stages are provided if you take one of the following multi-stage challenges:
One stage of Stages 1 – 6 = $800
Two of Stages 1 – 6 = $1550
Three of Stages 1 – 6 = $2300
Four of Stages 1 – 6 = $3100
Five of Stages 1 – 6 = $3850
Six of Stages 1 – 6 = $4600
Odyssey: Stages 1 – 7 = $5850
Solo Stage 7 = $1400
The entry fee covers the cost of an experienced escort kayaker and safety boat support. Upon acceptance to 8 Bridges a non-refundable 25% deposit is required.
Full payment is due by May 1, 2018
Prices increase by $100 per stage on April 15, 2019
Relays 2-person relays can be swum in the following formats:
+ Casual: swimmers can change out as desired.
+ Official: each relay member will swim 60 minute legs. Relay teams that are swimming all seven stages must alternate the lead swimmer daily.
Withdrawal Policy Swimmers who withdraw before May 1 will receive a refund on their entry fee minus their 25% registration deposit. Swimmers that withdraw after May 1 will loose their registration fee unless their spot is filled by another swimmer. In that case they will receive a refund on their entry fee minus their registration deposit.
Age Limit Swimmers must be 18 years or older. Exceptions for younger swimmers will be made on a case by case basis.
Qualifying Swim There is no qualifying swim requirement. Acceptance to 8 Bridges will be based on a review of your swimming résumé.
Goodies A commemorative event shirt and generous goodie are provided.
Escort Kayaker Each swimmer will be accompanied by an experienced escort kayaker at all times. The kayaker will provide navigation and feeds and is in direct contact with nearby safety boats via marine radio.
Shuttle Bus 8 Bridges  provides a shuttle bus from the event finish location to the event start location each morning prior to the start of Stages 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6.
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.
Rules of Marathon Swimming 8 Bridges follows the rules of marathon swimming set by the Marathon Swimmers Federation.
The 7 Stages
Stage 1. The Islands — Rip Van Winkle Br. to Kingston Rhinecliff Br.
Date: Saturday June 8, 2019
Rain Date: Sunday June 9, 2019
Splash Time: 8:20 am
Distance: 18.3 miles
Meeting Location: Public Dock Catskill Point, Catskill
Finish Location: Roundout Creek Maritime Museum, Kingston
Highlights: Cementon, Saugerties Lighthouse, small islands, mostly narrow and rural.
Stage Record: 4hr:31m
Recommended Pace: 30 mins per mile
Water Temp.: 66 – 70˚F
Stage 2. The Lighthouses — Kingston Rhinecliff Br. to Mid-Hudson Br.
Date: Sunday June 9, 2019
Rain Date: Monday June 10, 2019
Splash Time: 8:00 am
Distance: 19.8 miles
Meeting Location: Roundout Creek Maritime Museum, Kingston
Finish Location: Shadows Marina, Poughkeepsie
Highlights: Roundout lighthouse, Esopus Meadows lighthouse, mostly narrow and rural.
Stage Record: 5hr:28m
Recommended Pace: 28 mins per mile
Water Temp.: 65 – 70˚F
Stage 3. The Hudson Valley — Mid-Hudson Br. to Newburgh Beacon Br.
Date: Monday June 10, 2019
Rain Date: Tuesday June 11, 2019
Splash Time: 8:40 am
Distance: 13.2 miles
Meeting Location: Shadows Marina, Poughkeepsie
Finish Location: Beacon Public Dock
Highlights: Cedar Cliff, New Hamburg, Chelsea.
Stage Record: 3hr:39m
Recommended Pace: 37 mins per mile
Water Temp.: 65 – 70˚F
Stage 4. The Highlands — Newburgh Beacon Br. to Bear Mountain Br.
Date: Tuesday June 11, 2019
Rain Date: Wednesday June 12, 2019
Splash Time: 9:00 am
Distance: 15.0 miles
Meeting Location: Beacon Public Dock
Finish Location: Garrison Landing Yacht Club
Highlights
: Hudson Highlands, Bannermans Castle, West Point, The Devil’s Playground.
Stage Record: 4hr:10m
Recommended Pace: 30 mins per mile
Water Temp.: 65 – 71˚F
Stage 5. The Great Bays — Bear Mountain Br. to New Tappan Zee Br.
Date: Thursday June 13, 2019
Rain Date: Friday June 14, 2019
Splash Time: 8:25 am
Distance: 19.8 miles
Meeting Location: Shattemuc Yacht Club
Finish Location: Tarrytown Marina
Highlights: Indian Point, Haverstraw Bay, Croton Point, parts are very open.
Stage Record: 6hr:05m
Recommended Pace: 27 mins per mile
Water Temp.: 66 – 72˚F
Stage 6. The Palisades — Tappan Zee Br. to George Washington Br.
Date: Friday June 14, 2019
Rain Date: Saturday June 15, 2019
Splash Time: 10:30 am
Distance: 15.7 miles
Meeting Location: Tarrytown Marina
Finish Location: La Marina, Dyckman St Inwood
Highlights: Piermont Marsh, Palisades, Yonkers, Spuyten Duyvil.
Stage Record: 3hr:06m
Recommended Pace: 44 mins per mile
Water Temp.: 66 – 73˚F
Stage 7. Liberty — George Washington Br. to Verrazano Narrows Br.
Date: Saturday June 15, 2019
Rain Date: Sunday June 16, 2019
Splash Time: 7:40 am
Distance: 18.6 miles
Meeting & Finish Location:La Marina, Dyckman St Inwood
Highlights: Manhattan, Governor’s Island, Statue of Liberty, Narrows, NY Harbor
Stage Record: 4hr:21m
Recommended Pace: 33 min per mile
Water Temp.: 66 – 72˚F