• When does registration open?  March 1, 2019
  • What is a Swim Angel? Do you have Swim Angels for this race? If so, how do I become one or request one?
    • A swim angel is an in-water swimmer support swimmer.  These are friends of NYOW who are strong swimmers with extensive open water experience.
    • Please correspond with the race director Rondi Davies at least 1 week before the event to offer your services as a Swim Angel.
    • For those of you requesting a Swim Angel, please let us know some background information on what type of support you are looking for.  
  • I’ve heard that this is an easy 10K, is that true?
    • Some years it is and some years it isn’t and because of that you should train and be prepared to swim a 10K in the open water.   This is a marathon swim in the Hudson River, there can and most likely will be wind, chop, flotsam, and jetsam. Only you can decide if you are ready for this.  There will be support in the river, kayakers to direct you, and we do plan on it to be on a favorable current (1 MPH) for the swimmers.
  • What is the average water temperature?  
    • As always there are NO guarantees on water temperature but this swim has historically ranged from 70-78 F.
  • Is the water clean?
    • The health of the Hudson continues to improve and many of us enjoy swimming in her on a regular basis. Historical water quality reports can be found at Riverkeeper.org and  NYS.gov
  • Is there support in the water?
    • There will be a range of support including some or all of the following: boats, RHIBS, jet skis, kayaks, paddleboards and swim angels.
  • Are wetsuits allowed for this swim?
    • Yes, but you will be placed in a different category for your record of completion and any awards.
  • I signed up for the swimsuit category but want to switch to wetsuit category at the last minute. Can I?
    • Yes, by informing NYOW through email or in person during swimmer check-in
  • I have had an injury and have been instructed to use supportive KT tape. Is it acceptable by your rules for me to wear it during the swim?
    • Yes, and we would appreciate knowing your situation.
  • What are the awards categories?  Age group awards are for traditional attire only
    • Top three women overall (traditional and wetsuit)
    • Top three men overall (traditional and wetsuit)
    • Top three women 20-29
    • Top three men 20-29
    • Top three women 30-39
    • Top three men 30-39
    • Top three women 40-49
    • Top three men 40-49
    • Top three women 50-59
    • Top three men 50-59
    • Top three women 60-69
    • Top three men 60-69
  • What if it rains?
    • Spuyten Duyvil swim is rain or shine unless there is risk of thunder and lightning, in which case all registrants will be notified by email. A blast will go out on Facebook, too.
  • No refunds, no transfers, no deferments