Virtual Grimaldo’s Mile 2020

In by Jacqueline Broner

  • August 15, 2020 - September 13, 2020
    12:00 am - 11:55 pm


We miss events, we miss the fun of racing, and we miss you, our swimming community! 

Usually this is the time of year when we would invite you to join us in the quintessential NYC open water 1 mile swim – Grimaldo’s Mile. Since the coronavirus pandemic has cancelled most of our season, we thought it would be fun to hold the race as a virtual event. You can swim your mile anywhere you want and any time you want within a 2 week period – as long as you swim your mile continuously.

This is the perfect distance to challenge your friends and have some fun! You’ll get an email certificate and bragging rights if you finish your mile.


Grimaldo’s Mile 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.

When? August 15 – September 13, 2020

Where? Any pool or open water venue

What? Swim 1 mile (1760 yards/1609 m) in a single attempt

NOTE: NYC beaches have now closed as of 9/8. We suggest you do your swim in a pool or open beach (NY State beaches will remain open until the end of September.)

Suggested course maps: If you choose to swim at Brighton Beach, below are maps of suggested 1-mile courses. Lifeguards are present on the beach from 10am each day. You can swim any course, at any location, as long as it is a mile.

1 mile map - Grimaldo's Chair to White Building and back

Grimaldo’s Chair to White Building and back

Bathrooms - Long Jetty West - Long Jetty East - finish at Grimaldo's Chair

Bathrooms – Long Jetty West – Long Jetty East – finish at Grimaldo’s Chair

1 mile map - Grimaldo's Chair to Stillwell Ave

Original Grimaldo’s Mile course – Grimaldo’s Chair to Stillwell Avenue



Register your participation by 11:55PM on Sunday August 30, 2020. Registration is free – but we welcome donations so that we can continue to put on live events next season. You can donate to us here. You are also welcome to fundraise for the charity of your choice.

Swim your mile

You can swim anywhere –  in a pool or open water, as long as you swim 1 mile (1760 yards/1609 m) in a single attempt.

Wherever you choose to swim, make sure it is safe, you don’t swim alone, you follow appropriate social distancing guidelines and wear a mask when possible.

Keep a record of your swim

Record your swim: write it down, log it on Garmin or Strava, take a photo at the end of your swim – we don’t mind how you record it! Record your time and where you did your swim!

We’re operating on an honor system so we’re trusting you to record your actual time! If you don’t want to record a time, that’s ok, too. Remember the main thing is to have fun!

If you take photos of your swim, make sure that you are properly socially distanced from other people and are wearing a mask if you are on land. 

Share it!

Use the hashtag #GMXVI2020 on social media or send us the photos at We’d love to feature your photos in a gallery of the event.

Post the result of your swim by 11:55PM on Sunday September 13, 2020 using this submission form.

You can also post in our Strava group!

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Race Director



This virtual swim can be done anywhere in the world, as long as you swim continuously!