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Alumnus Traversing the Hudson in 7-Day, 8-Bridge Swim

Edward Riley US'76, P'13 is a humble man. Perhaps it is his constant battle to best nature. An avid swimmer, he has tackled numerous competitions--always for charity--and knows well the power of mother nature. As comedian Jerry Seinfeld has noted, humans do all this work to get into the water, fighting traffic and hot beach sand, only to have a wave toss them right back out. On June 15, Riley began a seven-day, seven-stage, eight-bridge battle with the Hudson River as one of only 10 people to attempt all 120 miles of rolling river, open-water swimming.

Riley is participating in the 8 Bridges Hudson River Swim, an event featuring 52 swimmers who will follow the Hudson from the Rip Van Winkle Bridge in Catskill, N.Y., to the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge of Staten Island. The swimmers literally go bridge-to-bridge, spanning distances of 13.2-to-19.8 miles.

“It’s the gold standard for marathon swimming," Riley told the 8 Bridges blog. "It not only measures your endurance, but also speed and, uniquely, your recovery.”

Only six swimmers have completed all seven stages in one week. Wearing nothing more than a swimsuit, goggles, cap and his own force of will, Riley will be looking to join the 8 Bridges Hall of Fame when he crosses beneath the Verrazano the afternoon of June 22.

Source: 8 Bridges Hudson River Swim