The RCP Tiburon Mile. The Aqua Zone Portland Mile. The Midmar Mile. The Great North Swim. These are all the great mile swims around the world that attract the world's best open water swimmers as well as swimmers of all ages and abilities from around the world.
The Madison Mile in Westbrook, Connecticut is considered to be the fastest open water swim in the northeastern part of the USA.
The race was founded by the late hometown hero Dave Parcells, a longtime proponent of open water swimming. In 2002, Dave became the oldest person and fourth American to complete a double-crossing of the English Channel. During his lifetime, he raised money for charity and died in 2007 while competing in the Tampa Bay Marathon Swim.
This year's Madison Mile was dedicated to his memory.