The Around the Island Marathon is now the longest race in the Global Swim Series! Come join us and participant in this legendary 36.62km (22.75 miles) marathon on Sunday, July 14, 2019.
Registration closed on April 12, 2019; however registration is available for the 2K and 400M swims!
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Last updated : 05/09/19 @ 7:00 PM
Green Whales Inc and the Little Water Distillery are joining together to have a fundraiser supporting Green Whales Inc. and to provide information to the Community about the Inaugural Jim Whelan Open Water Festival. The event is being held on June 2, 2019 from 11 AM to 1 PM at the Little Water Distillery 807 Baltic Avenue, Atlantic City, NJ 08401 (entrance on Lexington Avenue).
The event will include lite refreshments, a tour of the distillery, one cocktail, and 5 raffle tickets. Additional raffle tickets and donations are available during checkout. Raffle tickets will be used for a basket auction; which includes but is not limited to Atlantic City Overnight Stays, Baskets of Cheer, etc. Raffle winners do not need to be present to win.
Michael , 49, is a life-long resident of New Jersey. When not working for the MTA or spending time with his family, Michael enjoys coaching the Saint Francis College Swim & Dive Team, surfing and open water swimming. He finished second in the 2013 C3 or the Cape Circumnavigation Challenge, a 15.1-mile (24.3 km) marathon swim around Cape May, New Jersey on 14 September 2013.
Eric, 45, has lived in Brigantine, NJ all his life. Eric started competing in triathlons at the age of 14 and has the privilege to travel and race all over the world. Meeting and staying in touch with a large and diverse group of friends. He's competed in approximately 40 Ironmans, the Ultraman Florida three times, the swim around key west, and the challenge of swimming around Brigantine island (first ever to attempt and also finish). Eric's next challenge is the Around the Island swim which he's have been waiting to do since he was a kid!
Bill, 40, is a real estate professional from Ottawa, Canada. Bill is a lifelong swimmer and University of Waterloo varsity swim team alumni. He still likes to mix it up with the 18-year-olds in the local open water races. Some of Bill's greatest swimming accomplishments include winning the overall Canadian Open Water Swim Series in 2014 and completing MIMS in 2013.
Steve, 39, is from Indianapolis, IN. He is a two time finisher of the SCAR swim in Arizona in 2016 and 2017. Steve has completed all seven stages of New York Open Water's 8 Bridges swim. He also completed three Hawaiian island channels last fall, and an Ice Mile in January.
Mary, 42, is an open water marathon and ice swimmer. The Pennsylvania resident also coaches swimmers and triathletes. She has completed 2 stages of the Triple Crown, 20 Bridges/28.5 mile Swim around Manhattan Island and the 20.1 mile Catalina Channel. Other marathon swims completed were 8 Bridges Stage 1 - 29.5 Km, Border Buster Kingdom Swim in Lake Memphremagog 25km, Lake Seneca 16.9km, Swim the Suck 16.6km, Kingdom Swim 16.1km. Mary has also finished three full distance Ironman Triathlons including Challenge Atlantic City 140.6. In addition to the USAT National Championships in 2012 and 2016. She is a certified Crossfit and Crossfit Endurance coach.
Melissa, 26, is a North Carolina native now living in Washington, DC. She has been swimming for almost 20 years and has developed a love of long distance open water swimming during the last 5. While she is extremely proud of the various swims she has done up and down the East Coast over the last few years, her greatest swimming accomplishment may always be her hard won Sharks and Minnows Champion title at her old summer league pool!
Bridgette, 56, resides in Lake Hopatcong, NJ. She was raised in Binghamton, NY and spent her summers on Cayuga Lake, a NY Finger Lake. Her first open water swim was in 1979, a mile across Cayuga Lake. Her love for open water began that day as did her dream to swim the English Channel. She swam through college, put in hold for her career as a CPA and then into business and technology consulting. She began swimming again at 45 years old with the goal of life balance and swimming the English Channel. She is the Event Director for several Open Water Swim Festivals. Bridgette focuses on marathon swimming and has participated in these events to raise awareness and funds for charities focusing on health & wellness, youth programs and animal rescue groups. Bridgette was awarded the 2015 World Open Water Swimming Association Women of the Year and the 2015 Marathon Swimmers Federation Overall Performance of the Year by a Woman.
Victoria, 52, joined the Brigantine Greenheads in the fall of 2016. She hails from Atlantic City and swam for the M.R.A. (Mainland Recreation Association) age group team in Linwood from the age of 8 years old to 18. She was one of the first female lifeguards in Longport and represented the beach patrol swimming in the lifeguard races for several years. Upon the urging of her coach, Victoria participated in the Harry Yates Swim in Atlantic City at the age of 12; her first of many open water races to come. She will be forever grateful to her coach, the Honorable Jim Whelan as this experience sparked her life-long love for open water swimming.
She swam for the Peddie School and Mainland Regional High School before attending Tulane University where she swam for one year until the team was disbanded. While in graduate school in 1991, then Mayor Whelan, invited Victoria to swim in the 22.5 mile Around the Island swim as a solo, amateur athlete representing Atlantic City. She finished the 1991 swim and then in 1999 swam again as a member of a relay team.
After moving to California in 1992 to attend the University of Southern California, Thorton School of Music, she continued swimming and joined the Southern California Aquatic Masters Swim team. During her twenty years in California, she participated in many open water races and triathlons from Malibu to San Diego, to Hermosa and Manhattan Beach.
In December of 2017, Victoria competed in the 30K Morocco Swim Trek that took place in Dahkla, Morocco. This was her first global swim series event where she placed 17thfor overall women. Her next swim adventure was in the summer of 2018 in the U.K. where she fulfilled a lifelong dream and participated in a relay crossing the English Channel. She considered this a scouting event for a future solo swim. Victoria is grateful for the support and generosity of her new swim family at the Brigantine Aquatics Center, the Greenhead swim team, the Green Whales, and Waterdog Smoked Fish. Victoria is proud to be part of the inaugural Jim Whelan Open Water Festival benefiting the Green Whales non-profit organization benefiting children and their parents of Atlantic City promoting water safety, free swimming lessons, and wellness.
Beth, 44, from Bedford, England took up open water swimming in an attempt to fill the void ( and shed the pounds!) that had been in her life since she gave up competitive rowing. She has been lucky enough to swim in some fabulous places around Europe, including an English Channel relay in 2017, across the Arctic Circle, and a solo Lake Windermere in 2018. Beth is currently training for 'To Swim For Life' (2S4L), a 24 hour / 24 mile (mile on the hour every hour) charity swim in a 50m lido in April. She is also the training partner for a friend who's doing a Channel solo in July. Beth's happy place is face down in the local River Ouse, in Bedfordshire, UK! However, Beth's brother lives in DC, and so she has wanted to do some open water swimming stateside for some time now! The JWOWF/ATI seemed like the perfect challenge!
Ryan, 34, is from the District of Columbia. He's an open water swimmer and aspiring surfer. Ryan has competed in a number of open water swimming events of varying distances, including five Great Chesapeake Bay Swims. He's pictured here at the Zion Narrows.
Gabriel, 36 and a native Colombian, is a Cardiologist currently living in Hamilton, Ontario. Gabriel is passionate about swimming and traveling. His greatest swimming accomplishment is Gibraltar strait crossing in 2014. Gabe's swimming goal is to complete a triple crown starting with the swim around Manhattan next September.
Bryan, 30, is an Iowan who discovered his love for marathon swimming just a short while ago. Bryan believes his biggest swimming would have to be completing four years of collegiate swimming at the University of Iowa or completing the "Swim Around Key West". His hope is to keep adding to my list of accomplishments with this swim.
Charlotte, 53, a native of New Zealand currently living in Vermont is an open water marathon swimmer. She works as an executive director of a non profit community pool and fitness center. Charlotte is a swim coach, teaches swim lessons and is a personal trainer.
John, 50, from Mechanicsburg, PA is a former Division 1 Swimmer and Water Polo player at Bucknell University and swimmer for Stone Harbor Beach Patrol. John played club water polo into 40’s and then switched to triathlons and open water swims. He completed his 1st full IronMan at IMMD in 2018 and is a frequent competitor at Escape the Cape swims and tri’s. John's favorite quote is “You can rest when you’re dead” by Ted Newland UC Irvine Water Polo Coach.
Craig & Tess, Swim RVA Hammerheads, are 56 & 38 respectfully from VA.
Tess, 38, is from Richmond, VA and has been swimming since she was 6 years old. Her greatest swim accomplish was that first 25 backstroke, it took a while but after that she was hooked. Since then Tess has done a number of different 5 mile plus races including three 10 mile races in the James River and a beautiful coral swim in St Croix. She loves her swim friends and being in the open water.
Craig, 56, from Midlothian, VA grew up swimming on his neighborhood summer swim team. He picked up swimming again 10 years ago. Since then Craig has swum around Key West, Lido Key, Bermuda Sound and last year Manhattan. He looks forward to completing in the JWOWF's Around the Island Swim with his friend Tess.
Marty Munson and Zahava Lipton train and compete with Red Tide Masters Swimming in New York City and are excited to join the Around the Island Marathon Swim this summer.
Marty, 55, was among the many kids who would never get out of the pool. She still is. Only now, she’s also a USMS-certified coach and marathon swimmer. She never swam competitively until she was an injured triathlete in her late 40s. She found her way to Red Tide. In 2013, a few years after joining, she did the Manhattan Island Marathon swim as a relay, which was the gateway drug to the new addiction of marathon swimming. She’s since done 20 Bridges, Swim Around Charleston, Swim Around Key West, Rose Pitonof and many others. She’s a wellness and communications expert who writes about health, fitness, triathlon and swimming for Men’s Health and USMS Swimmer magazine.
Zahava, 33, has been swimming competitively since she was 10. Her greatest swimming accomplishment is completing 4 years of college swimming at Brandeis University, where she specialized in the butterfly events. She’s also proud of her more recent marathon swims, including the 10-mile Kingdom Swim last summer at Lake Memphremagog in Vermont. More than 10 years post-college, she still swims the 200 butterfly regularly at masters meets, which she considers another of her top swimming feats. Outside of the pool / open water, Zahava is a consultant specializing in statistical modeling and data solutions for pharmaceutical companies.
Marc Mancinelli, 40, has been swimming since his years as a lifeguard and medic for the Wildwood Beach Patrol. He currently swims and competes with the South Jersey Aquatic Club (SJAC) master's team. Marc completed in a number of distance ocean swims as a lifeguard, swims in the summer with the Ocean City Swim Club, competes occasionally in triathlons, has guarded the Escape the Cape, and last year swam the Cedar Island 5k. This year he added the Great Chesapeake Bay 4.4 Swim to his resume, as well. Marc is a school district administrator and lives in Collingswood, NJ with his wife and 4 kids.
Tina Zappile, 42, swims year round with the South Jersey Aquatic Club (SJAC) master's team and the Ocean City Swim Club (OCSC) in the summer. Tina started competing in USMS meets with Auburn Masters Swimmers in Alabama after a 15 year hiatus from the pool. After moving to New Jersey in 2010, she has participated in many swims along the Jersey Shore including the Ocean City Master’s Mile, Atlantic City Pageant Swim (old), Captain Turner swim in Longport, and Harry Yates Memorial Swim in Atlantic City. She also swam in the final Liberty Island event hosted by NYC Swim and frequently jumps in the water for triathlon relays in CT and NJ. Tina is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Stockton University where she teaches and studies international relations. She lives with her spouse and daughter in Medford, NJ.
Katie Collins, 26, has been a member of the Wildwood Beach Patrol for 8 years. She swam, paddled, and rowed in multiple South Jersey Lifeguard races including the Wildwood Pier to Pier Challenge, Navy Seal Challenge, Cape May County Championships, Sea Isle City Ocean Swim, Ocean City Women’s Lifeguard Invitational, Longport Women’s Lifeguard Invitational, Ventnor Women’s Lifeguard Invitational, Cape May Point Women’s Lifeguard Challenge, Sandy Hook Women’s Lifeguard Tournament, Margate Memorials, Longport Hammer Row, and Red Bull Surf and Rescue Competition. She also competed for Temple University’s Club Swim Team. Katie is currently a School Counselor in the School District of Philadelphia.
Chris Callahan, 38, has been a member the Wildwood Beach Patrol for the past 14 years. He worked an entire summer, 40 plus days, while undergoing radiation and chemo therapy for colon cancer. He has participated in a variety of distance swims and paddles including Wildwood’s Pier to Pier Challenge, Wildwood’s Navy Seals Challenge, The Crest Dolphins Mile Challenge, North Wildwood’s Triathlon, Ocean City Triathlon, and Upper Township’s Bay Race Paddle. He is a loving father of three boys, devoted husband, eternally stoked surfer, and enthusiastic and committed High School English teacher.