Grimaldo's Mile race

Grimaldo’s Mile 2021

In by Jeremy

  • July 31, 2021
    July 31, 2021
    6:00 am - 11:00 am

This is the quintessential NYC open water 1 mile swim.

This swim honors the lifeguard Grimaldo Medrano who made it possible for NYC open water swimmers to swim past the jetties without being whistled in by the lifeguards. Grimaldo’s loyal confidence and acceptance of us open water swimmers made it possible for us all to swim today in what we think is the perfect training grounds. Unfortunately cancer took him from us when he was only 34. This swim honors and recognizes his life and commitment to our community. We thank him for all he did for us.

This is the perfect “newbie” race, for the beginner racer or triathlete whether they’ve experienced open water before or not. Conditions are usually gentle due to the geographically protected waters of Brighton Beach and Coney Island. You swim parallel to shore so if you have any doubts you can easily swim to shore, find a volunteer or race official, and hand in you race chip and say, “today just wasn’t my day, maybe next time.” That being said, it is also the perfect race to challenge your favorite competitors and there is talk about having a special wave for teams that want to show how well they have trained this year – which team will have the best showing: Brooklyn Tri, TNYA, Redtide, Bearcats, AGUA, or Cooper Union?

Practice your beach starts and your sighting before the race, but after the race invite your friends to join you in taking advantage of Amusements, Games, and Dining that Coney Island and Brighton Beach can offer you.

This race will be limited to 100 entrants, and may be adjusted based on the latest NYC health restrictions.

Entries are non-refundable and non-transferable.

May 15, 2021 – June 30, 2021: $60.00
July 1, 2021 – July 27, 2021: $80.00
May 15, 2021 – June 30, 2021: $80.00
July 1, 2021 – July 27, 2021: $100.00

Grimaldo's Mile Course Map

  •  Jamie Alexander
  •  Luis Alvarez
  •  Chris Antonicelli
  •  Molly Arnn
  •  Gabriel Arra
  •  George Babiak
  •  Richard Bernstein
  •  Lucas Bouk
  •  Ines Braun
  •  Terryl Brown
  •  Anna Carlson
  •  Deirdre Chadwick
  •  Patrick Colimon
  •  Caryn Davis
  •  Feroz Dewan
  •  Ruth Effler
  •  Ted Ehrhardt
  •  Scott Endsley
  •  Neil Fazel
  •  Lesa Joy Fishman
  •  Christopher Forero
  •  Eric Gardiner
  •  Judith Gerrard
  •  Justin Ginsburgh
  •  Adele Goldberg
  •  Glenn Goldstein
  •  Terri Gumula
  •  Sara Hamel
  •  Nargus Harounzadeh
  •  Roger Herr
  •  Akinori Iida
  •  Andrew Kane
  •  Gregory Kaplan
  •  John Kilcullen
  •  Jessica Kleinbart
  •  Robert kolonkowski
  •  Irina Krassilnikova
  •  Chance Krempasky
  •  Jennifer Kyff
  •  Babs Laco
  •  DB Lampman
  •  Susannah Levi
  •  Edmund Levin
  •  Matthew Linsley
  •  Greg MacPherson
  •  Mina Marsow
  •  Diane Matyas
  •  Melissa McCaig Welles
  •  Patricia McGovern
  •  Kathy McGuire
  •  Rachael Mcknight
  •  James McSpiritt
  •  victor menezes
  •  Marta Millar
  •  Lloyd Miller
  •  Tuliao Miriam
  •  Sarah Moore
  •  Katherine Moriwaki
  •  Garrett Moss
  •  Ruth Mullen
  •  Karyn Mullin
  •  Rodolfo Nunez
  •  Gene O'Brien
  •  Jack O'Brien
  •  Bre O'Scealai
  •  Jean OBrien
  •  Thiago Pereira
  •  Henry Pferr
  •  Agata Porter
  •  Sonya Preudhomme
  •  Richard Realmuto
  •  Madison Roberts
  •  eugenia rutherford
  •  Peter Saidel
  •  Ellen Sexton
  •  Penny Shaw
  •  Sharon Snyder
  •  Christopher Stephens
  •  Joshua Stevens
  •  Frank Stryczek
  •  Alex Takats
  •  Pam Tamay
  •  Pamela Terry
  •  Thayer Thompson
  •  Tom Tobin
  •  Michael Turchiano
  •  Louise Twining-Ward
  •  Vanessa Valdes
  •  Marie Vellucci
  •  Anthony Villiotti
  •  Mal Ward
  •  Ellen Weinberg
  •  Kiera Westphal
  •  Sara Widenhouse
  •  Lily Wong
  •  Woody Wood
  •  Barbara Woodward
  •  Cortney Worrall
  •  Inger Yancey

Please volunteer for this event! We need all kinds of volunteers from set-up/breakdown, swimmer registration, kayak support, and more. Sign up here.


Details Price Qty
The Member Price ($60.00 (USD)) is available to members only. Sold Out
Non-Members $80.00 (USD)  / bundle  Sold Out
The Member Price ($80.00 (USD)) is available to members only. Sold Out
Non-Member Price $100.00 (USD)   Sold Out
The Swim Escort is available to members only. Sold Out

"Grimaldo's Mile 2021" is currently sold out.
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801 Riegelmann Boardwalk, Brooklyn, New York, 11224, United States


NYC Parks Pavilion directly opposite from the NY Aquarium Education Hall. This is where West 8th Street would end at the Reigelmann Boardwalk