(Peter J. Smith for The Wall Street Journal ) Swimmers jump off under the Tappan Zee Bridge as part of the world's longest open-water race.
Tour de Hudson: World's Longest Swimming Marathon?
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JULY 02, 2012
Mara Lemos Stein, Wall Street Journal

While swimming superstars Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte were racing last week for spots in the London Olympics, a band of fanatics known only to the tight-knit open-water swimming community were engaged in an aquatic feat of their own: swimming 120 miles down the Hudson River.