We welcome you to join us and Jump In at the New Amsterdam City Swim (NACS) on Sunday, June 12, 2016. All swimmers must have the following qualifications:

  • Participants must sign an event waiver (of liability) agreeing to swim at your own risk
  • Participants must declare that they have or will meet at least one of the three swim requirements before the event date using the swimmer requirements document
  • Individual swimmers are committed to raise at least $500 in donations via your personalized fundraising page
  • Business teams who pay a registration fee of $2,000 are committed to raise at least $2,000 (as a team) in donations via your personalized business team page. Business teams who pay a registration fee of $4,000 are NOT committed to raise donations
  • Student team swimmers are committed to raise at least $250 (as a team) in donations via your personalized student team fundraising page
  • Minimum age of 18 years
  • Not pregnant

Prior to registering, it is recommended that you consult a physician if you are over 45 years (male) or 55 years (female) of age, have a known heart condition, have any major heart disease risk factors (high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, diabetes, cigarette smoker, or family history of heart disease), or severely overweight. In general, it is recommended that you consult your physician with respect to your ability to participate in the event.

The New Amsterdam City Swim (NACS) will take place in the Hudson River, overlooking the iconic Freedom Tower and Statue of Liberty. Swimmers will be picked up by boat and brought upriver. Swimmers will Jump In from the boat to start their 1 mile swim. The swim will end with a short inward diagonal to the finish line at Hudson River Park’s Pier 26 (@ N Moore Street) . The course will run straight over the Holland Tunnel- how appropriate!

The opening ceremony will take place at 5:00 PM. The start of the swim is scheduled around the tides. With an estimated start time of 6:15 PM the swim is expected to start at the end of high tide during flax. Low tide current (Southward) is expected to kick in during the event. The Hudson River is a moving body of water and actual conditions and tides cannot be predicted and depend on many factors (such as amongst others wind and rainfall). The swim safety is constantly monitored and the final starting time will be determined on the day of the swim.

Safety is of the upmost importance for the NACS Organization. Despite a potential favorable tidal current the conditions in the Hudson River can be challenging. The safety plan of the event is based on a combination of Life Guards on paddle boards, Kayaks, Jet Skies, and Powerboats.


Saturday, June 11, 2016

12:00 – 4:00 PM

Hudson River Park’s Pier 26 (@ N Moore Street)

Located within Hawaiian Airlines Liberty Challenge Festival

Swimmer packets will include:
  • Swim cap
  • Timing chip. Swimmers are responsible to return the timing chip after the race. There will a $25 fee for any lost timing chips
  • Bag to store your items during the swim which will be held for you at the finish line at Hudson River Park’s Pier 26
  • Flyer with important swimmer information

Swimmers must bring their printed e-ticket and a government issued ID to swimmer packet pick up. Please note: there will be NO onsite registration on Sunday, June 12.


Upon arrival on June 12, swimmers will check in and do the following:

  • Swim number written on their hand
  • Attach timing chip to their ankle
  • Grab a snack and water
  • Be directed to swimmer bag drop area
  • Be directed to opening ceremony
  • Following the opening ceremony, all swimmers will be directed to board a boat to take all swimmers upriver to Jump In by waves.
  • When it’s time to Jump In, swimmers will line up according to waves. Waves will start shortly after each other. All swimmers will enter the water continuously until the last participant has crossed the start mat.
  • Due to tide shifts, the NACS is jump start only. NO DIVING. Diving is grounds for disqualification.
  • Timing mats will be used at the jump exit of the boat.

As the swimmers exit the water at Hudson River Park’s Pier 26, you will be greeted by a NACS volunteer with your well-deserved medal, robe and towel. You will then be escorted to retrieve your belongings, shown to the shower facilities and then enter the awards ceremony and Finish Festival.

All swimmers will have full access to Hudson River Park’s Pier 26 including:

  • Viewing of the NACS finish line
  • Live entertainment by iHeartRadio DJ and Johnny Drama Band.
  • Free Ben & Jerry’s ice cream
  • Free Pepsi soft drinks & water
  • Heineken beer and food available for purchase
  • And don’t forget the amazing feeling of helping to find a cure for ALS!
  • The registration fee to be an individual swimmer in the NACS is $75 per person 
  • The registration fee to be a business team in the NACS is $2,000 per team or $4,000 per team
  • The registration fee to be a student team in the NACS is $ 100 per team