58-year-old Steve Gruenwald from Faribault, Minnesota.

Swimming The Islands In The Hudson River
Courtesy of Rondi Davies, Hudson River, New York Open Water. The ninth annual 8 Bridges Hudson River Swim began this morning. Stage 1 of the 7 stages is called The Islands, 29.4 km along a narrow, peaceful, and rural part of the Hudson River from the Rip Van Winkle Bridge to the Kingston Rhinecliff Bridge. Two of the swimmers – John Batchelder and Andrew Wells – have a lot more on their minds; they are planning to swim all 7 stages of the 193 km swim.  Follow the race and all its participants here.
The Islands Start List: * John Batchelder, Colorado * Lauren Byron, New Jersey * Jim Chiudioni, Massachusetts * Joseph Kaufman, New York * Dana Page, Washington DC * Edward Riley, New York * Mary Stella, Pennsylvania * Andrew Wallace, New Jersey * Andrew Wells, UK * Chad Schneider, Australia * Steve Gruenwald, Minnesota For race updates, conditions, photos and comments and observations, visit here.
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