Portland Bridge Swim

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Emily Melina, winner of the 2011 Portland Bridge Swim. Photo by Randy Rasmussen
2011 Portland Bridge Swim, Photo by Randy Rasmussen
Portland Bridge Swim
2013 Portland Bridge Swim
The Portland Bridge Swim is an 10.7-mile (17.2 km) marathon swimming race through Portland, Oregon pioneered by Marisa Frieder. 2011 was the first year that the race was held after Frieder's solo swim in 2010 and is part of the Oregon Open Water Series.

The course passing under all 11 bridges on the Willamette River within the city boundaries. Swimmers must complete a qualifying swim to enter, and are required to have a support kayaker (rentals available) to swim. It is one of the longest marathon swims in the world and was named as one of America's Top 100 Open Water Swims.



The first half of the Portland Bridge Swim course runs through a park-like setting and passes through downtown Portland. The bridges are close together and enticed the swimmers to carry on. The second half of the course is tougher, running through an industrial area with just two bridges in the distance that presents a psychological challenge for the swimmers.

The Race Start is at Sellwood Park, SE 7th Ave. & Miller St. in Portland. The Race Finish is at Cathedral Park, N. Edison & Pittsburg Ave. in Portland.

The course is approximately 10.7 miles (17.2 km) with the current. Swimmers will enter the water at Sellwood Park, swim South under the Sellwood Bridge, pass around the bridge pylons and swim North along the East side of the river. The course runs under all 11 of Portland’s Willamette River bridges, through downtown and beyond. Swimmers will pass under the St. John’s bridge and exit the water via the boat ramp in Cathedral Park. Water temperature is expected to be between 66-72°F (19-22°C).

While the exact route is left to each swimmer, there are some course decisions that are common sense: stay away from high-traffic boat areas such as docks and marina entrances. Avoid shallow areas. Swim where the current is strongest.


Km 17.2

Miles 10.7


Venue River


Body of Water Willamette River

City Portland

State Oregon

Country USA

Region Americas


Name Portland Bridge Swim - Marisa Frieder

E-mail marisa@portlandbridgesswim.com

Website Portland Bridge Swim Official Website

Event Information

Event Date 22 July 2012

Class Includes a wetsuit division

Charity No

Relays Yes

2011 Results

1. Emily Melina, 4:19:10 First Place, Women's No Wetsuit
2. Michelle Macy, 4:29:00
3. Ben Weston, 4:39:10 First Place, Men's No Wetsuit
4. Garrett Martin, 5:11:42
5. Joni Young, 5:13:04
6. John Ellis, 5:19:07 First Place, Men's Wetsuit
7. Cara Shrum, 5:26:47
8. Kelsey Bowen, 5:32:13
9. Mark Braun, 5:40:50
10. Mike Humphreys, 5:40:50
11. Suzanne Dods, 6:05:44
12. Bob Needham, 6:22:24
13. Bonnie Edwards, 6:26:02
14. Sethyn Bryan, 7:46:51, First Place, Women's No Wetsuit

2012 Portland Bridge Swim (top 10)

1. Ryan Bullock - 3:49:14
2. James Proffitt - 4:02:00
3. Relay Ramsey - 4:03:12
4. Relay Watkins - 4:09:22
5. Alyson O'Brien - 4:12:29
6. Greg Jablonski - 4:14:17
7. Thomas Grandine - 4:19:49
8. Lindsey Millard - 4:21:09
9. Oscar Mraz - 4:21:09
10. Relay Istok - 4:21:27

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