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Mark C. Rosen, Event Organizer & Bob Roper, Race Director

The patron saint of the South End Rowing Club, "Napa Bob" is acknowledged as one of the true giants of open-water swimming over the past 40 years. In 1969, Bob crossed the Golden Gate in 17 minutes, 21 seconds, a record that stands to this day.

For technical questions about the swim, please contact Bob Roper at 415-424-3319.

Bob Roper organizes the Roper Invitational, which offers swimmers the chance to cross the Golden Gate under spectacular conditions, to meet fellow athletes from around the country, and to support good causes while doing it. In 2006, Bob held the first Roper Invitational with the goal of creating one of the premier open-water events of its kind.


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