The annual Ederle-Burke Swim, a 17.5 mile swim from Battery Park in New York City to Sandy Hook, New Jersey. Swimmers will enter the water at the Battery, swim into Buttermilk Channel around Governors Island, through the Narrows, and out of the Lower Bay towards Sandy Hook. Points of interest include the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Governors Island, the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, and Romer Shoal Lighthouse.
The swim is named for two pioneering women in the sport of marathon swimming. Gertrude “Trudy” Ederle swam this course in 1925 in 7 hours and 11 minutes. According to family lore, her nephew Bob described this swim as a “midnight frolic,” and a “warm-up” for her swim across the English Channel. The following year, Ederle became the first woman to swim the English Channel on August 6, 1926 in 14 hours and 36 minutes.
Eighty-five years later, an energetic teacher named Eileen Burke jumped into the water off Battery Park on a raw October morning, and stood on the shores of Sandy Hook 5 hours and 45 minutes later. Eileen was drawn to this swim’s history, the challenge of swimming such a distance in October, and like Trudy Ederle, use it to train for the channel. While Eileen didn’t make it to the shores of France in 2012, she harnessed the disappointment to become the first woman to swim the 20-mile P2P swim across Cape Cod Bay.