Grimaldo’s Mile

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.

Date for Grimaldo’s Mile 2022 will be announced soon!


Triple Dip

You were out of town during Grimaldo’s Mile and you really want to try a mile swim. OR, you did Grimaldo’s Mile and now you want to challenge yourself – time to step up your game! CIBBOWS Triple Dip offers swimmers a chance to choose between race lengths of 1, 2, or 3 miles. You pick your distance.

The Triple Dip starts at the NY Aquarium and heads toward the Steeplechase Pier in Coney Island. 1 milers will loop back to the Aquarium; 2 milers will continue on to Grimaldo’s Chair in Brighton Beach and loop back to the Aquarium; and the 3 milers will do the same but continue on back to the Pier for an additional mile loop to end back at the Aquarium. You can get out at any point since you’ll be swimming parallel to the shoreline – just be sure to notify a volunteer or race official and turn in your race chip and tell us that today just wasn’t your day. You did well and you’re still invited to celebrate with us. As usual we’ll provide the support: kayakers, safety support boats, swim angels, NYPD Harbor Patrol, Lifeguards, EMTs. We’ve got you covered.

Bring your friends to watch and enjoy one of the best parts of NYC that so few get to experience.

Date for Triple Dip 2022 will be announced soon!