Race Day Updates

August 9, 2013 by Web

Once again we have chosen a twitter hash tag for crew to use when tweeting updates for their swimmer’s progress. The tweets will be shown on the Race Updates page (under the Race Day menu) and you can add to the stream by including #13bls in your tweets.

Good luck swimmers!

Thank you FINIS! One of the 2013 BLS sponsors.

July 19, 2013 by greg

FINIS has become one of the 2013 Boston Light Swim sponsors by donating 100 latex swim caps for the swimmers to wear on race day.



2013 Doty Memorial Mile Swim Big Success

June 20, 2013 by greg

On Saturday, June 15th, the second annual James Doty Memorial Mile was swum.  Close to 30 participants came to swim a cold mile.  The air was in the mid 70s, but the salt water of Boston Harbor was still in the low 60s.  Surprisingly, more swimmers opted to go without a wet suit.  There was an exciting finish with Pat Geraghty beating out Nate Dean  by less than a second with a time of 20:51!  Full results can be found here.

Announcing the 2013 Sponsors for the Boston Light Swim

May 28, 2013 by greg

We are happy to announce that Hammer Nutrition and Harpoon will be sponsoring the 2013 Boston Light Swim.

Hammer Nutrition will also be sponsoring the Doty Memorial Mile Swim this year!


USMS membership is NOT required for the 2013 BLS

March 18, 2013 by greg

The 2013 BLS will not be sanctioned/insured by USMS.  Swimmers are not required to have a USMS membership this year.

This years swim will be sanctioned and insured by the Massachusetts Open-Water Swimming Association (MOWSA).

The field is set for the 2013 BLS

March 3, 2013 by greg

Registration opened at 1:00pm EST on March 1st and closed at 1:08pm!!

That is right. The solo spots filled in 8 minutes! We knew the spots would fill quickly, like in a day or so, but we had no idea that demand would be this strong. It goes to show you that the sport of open-water swimming is growing like a wave reaching the shore.

In the coming years we will have to switch to a lottery system to make it fair for everyone. We wish we could expand the field and include everyone, but for the sake of safety we have to keep the event relatively small.

For those of you who got in, congratulations. For those of you who got shut out, set your sights on 2014 and you can always volunteer to help out during this year’s event.

As an added incentive to volunteering, we will allow all volunteers from the previous year to pre-register before the lottery opens (that is a guaranteed spot)!


FAQ page with new information

February 17, 2013 by greg

The Boston Light Swim has a new FAQ page (frequently asked questions)!  There is a lot of new, useful information there.  If you are interested in the BLS please read through the FAQ page.

Relay Preliminary Results

August 18, 2012 by Web


Overall Time Bib
1 Free Stiles Reading, MA 3:07:12 29
2 NU Harbor Seals Medford, MA 3:12:56 27
3 Stiles Pond Scummers Andover, MA 3:13:24 28
4 Knuckleheads 3:14:43 30
5 SOS Kingston, RI 3:34:15 31
6 Chill Factor Brooklyn, NY 4:01:21 32
7 A Team To Be Named Later Wayland, MA 4:26:29 26

Solo Preliminary Results

August 18, 2012 by Web

Overall Gender Time Bib
1 Eric Nilsson Honolulu, HI M 2:35:02 15
2 Andrew Malinak Brooklyn, NY M 3:02:02 1
3 Lauren Au Cambridge, MA F 3:04:00 11
4 David Swensen Beverly, MA M 3:05:48 9
5 Nathaniel Dean New York, NY M 3:06:04 20
6 Bob Fernald North Hampton, NH M 3:12:12 5
7 Liz Wong Groton, CT F 3:20:33 14
8 Davis Lee Newburyport, MA M 3:21:55 19
9 Patricia Flanagan Boylston, MA F 3:30:57 3
10 Elias Falcon Brooklyn, NY M 3:32:59 22
11 Kenn Lichtenwalter New York, NY M 3:36:58 6
12 James J. Feeney Long Beach, NY M 3:40:15 16
13 Jen Dutton Wayland, MA F 3:46:01 23
14 James Walker Cambridge, MA M 3:58:12 10
15 Kyle Murray Amherst, NH M 4:06:55 18
16 William Dailey Galveston, TX M 4:08:40 8
17 Kim Gabarino M 4:12:49 24
18 Laura Colette Beverly, MA F 4:21:19 2
19 Richard Sweeney South Boston, MA M 4:44:19 4
20 Anita Loughlin South Boston, MA F 5:03:11 13
21 Francis O’loughlin South Boston, MA M 5:03:28 12
22 Douglas McKell Springfield, MA M 5:03:50 7

Results & Photos ETA

August 18, 2012 by Web

Hey all, just a quick update on when you can expect these to be posted. Results will be up by 8pm tonight and photos by noon tomorrow

You can view / review the live stream of the event at ustream.com right now though.

Great job everyone!