Time to Jump In the New Amsterdam City Swim!

Jump In NYC With New Amsterdam City Swim

Ready to jump in! (RunKarlaRun.com)

In about 48 hours, I’ll be starting the New Amsterdam City Swim on Sunday, June 21, knocking out 1-mile in the Hudson River to raise money for ALS research.

Thank you to everyone who donated! I truly appreciate it. I have to give a special shout-out to Leslie Miller. Leslie, I couldn’t find a way to contact you to say thank you! Hope you read this.

Thanks to your donations, I met my $500 fundraising goal with $600.17. As a group the New Amsterdam City Swimmers have raised $281,384.79 and counting for Project MinE, a large-scale research initiative with the biggest DNA database in the world. They’re planning to map and compare the DNA profiles of at least 15,000 ALS patients and 7,500 control subjects, with the goal of understanding the genetics of the disease in order to find a cure. It’s a huge undertaking, and they couldn’t do it without your help.

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Wetsuit ready (Photo: Phil Hospod)

Now, it’s time to swim! Honestly, I’m a bit nervous. I haven’t gotten in as many swim sessions as I had hoped. On the plus side, I did get in one full mile-swim in a pool, along with five shorter swim sessions in the last few weeks. My past triathlon experience tells me that’s enough to get me through. But let’s hope that Hudson River current really is as helpful as folks say, just in case.

I also enrolled in a 10-week triathlon swim clinic with the Asphalt Green Triathlon Club in New York City. We meet once a week for 75 minutes. It’s more of a “back to basics” look at technique than it is a workout.

The one session I’ve had already helped me tweak my stroke to be more efficient, which was my reason for doing the clinic. I’m a strong swimmer, having been a swim team kid until the age of 15. But I haven’t had anyone look at my stroke and critique it in 22 years! I know I have room for improvement, and when it comes to swimming, perfecting technique is the foundation to getting faster.

All that said, my goal for Sunday is to finish! This will be the longest open water swim I’ve ever done. Here’s the course:

It's New Amsterdam City Swim Time!

New Amsterdam City Swim Course

I’m also getting up at 5 a.m. that morning to announce at the Queens 10K, part of the NYRR 5-Borough Series. If you’re running, I’ll see you out there! I’m hoping to squeeze in a quick nap after working the race in Queens before I hit the water in Manhattan at 3:30 p.m. Busy day!

Taking all of that into consideration, my plan is to stay cool and collected in the Hudson, and maintain an easy pace. I’m going to use the swim to focus on my breath and my pull—two aspects of my stroke I’m tweaking. Then, I’m going to hop out of the Hudson and binge on all the free Ben & Jerry’s ice cream at the finish.

Right now, the weather is looking iffy, calling for thunderstorms with 90 percent chance of rain.

New Amsterdam City Swim is Here!

Current forecast

The rain doesn’t bother me. I’ve swum in downpours. Once you’re wet, you’re wet. And swimming in the rain can actually be kind of magical. It’s those thunderstorms that have me worried. The organizers have already notified swimmers that they’re watching with weather and may have to adjust accordingly. For now, it’s on schedule as planned.

If you want to join the Finish Festival—with free Heineken beer, free Ben & Jerry’s, free Pepsi soft drinks & water, Questlove (yes, Questlove!) DJing and Candy Dulfer (who has toured with Prince) performing—tickets are still available. They’re $75 and go to funding ProjectMinE. You can buy them at www.newamsterdamcityswim.org/ticket-shop.

And if you want to donate, it’s not too late: www.newamsterdamcityswim.org/participant/karlabruning/

Thank you again for your support! Here goes. I’m jumping in!

The New Amsterdam City Swim comped my entry into the race, but I’m still raising money for ALS! As always, all posts are purely my own. I firmly believe in being honest about my experiences. Seriously. For more information, check out my Disclosure Policy.

Karla Bruning


Karla Bruning is a race announcer at the TCS New York City Marathon + other major events, TV host for the New York City Triathlon + contributor to Shape, Redbook, Runner's World + other publications. She used to report for Newsweek but spent her free time squeezing in workouts. Now it's her job. She's run 8 marathons, 30 halves, 10 triathlons + open water swims. When she's not running, talking about running or writing about running, she's snuggling her baby, spoiling her dog + compulsively traveling.


06 2015

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  1. Leslie Miller #

    Best of luck tomorrow! :)

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    Good luck Karla! You are a braver woman than me! I can’t imagine swimming in the Hudson, but then again I also can’t imagine swimming that far in any kind of weather. Have fun!
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  3. 5

    Have a fantastic race Karla. I had my first session in the pool this summer earlier this week. I forgot how tiring swimming can be. I’m not sure I would be brave enough to swim in the Hudson River!
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    Best of luck and fingers crossed for no rain!!!
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