The sole finisher/survivor/winner of the 2008 17.5-mile Ederle Swim from New York City to New Jersey was Lance Ogren. Ogren's courageous 5 hour 20 minute battle against the elements was eloquently described on the Manhattan Island Foundation website. Ogren faced a postponed start, high winds, cold water (upper 50°Fs), rough seas, ever-changing currents and boat traffic during his record-breaking swim.
Photo from the Manhattan Island Foundation website.
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