Sunday afternoon, I went to a meeting at the Natatorium.
While there, one of the organizers commented
on the Central Canal, and asked whether or not
swimming in it was allowed.
The woman was from North Carolina and
was fascinated with the idea of swimming its length.
Another IAM member who was present
and I told her that, other than for sanctioned events,
swimming is not allowed. So far, there have
been two swims, with a third scheduled
as the initial leg of a triathlon.
These pictures are from the inaugural Indy Sharkfest
Canal Swim, held last Saturday, July 25.
The top photo was taken just after the start of
the 1500-meter race at the Ohio Street
basin, across the street from the Indiana Historical
Society. Participants swam north that morning, to finish
at the 11th Street basin, just below Buggs Temple.
The Canal, a part of the White River State Park,
is a popular destination for residents and visitors alike,
providing a tree-lined, easy connection between
the downtown area and museums.
The gondolas live under the Michigan Street
bridge when they are not being used to give visitors
rides along the Canal's beautiful length.
P.S., The only sharks to be found in the Canal
are goldfish, some of whom were hired to tie little
shark fins to their backs and nibble the toes
to encourage the slower swimmers.