A Long Swim is organizing a competitive open water swim to be held in the Chicago River. The Chicago River is a unique venue because it flows through the heart of the most vibrant city in the world. 

The video above introduces the proposed route of the Chicago River Swim, and provides glimpses of urban swims in Amsterdam, New York and Portland, Oregon.  It captures the excitement, the buzz and the feelings of the accomplishments of the swimmers and the spectators at those events.

 

Doug McConnell, with the help of his A Long Swim Team, became only the 48th person over age 50 to swim the English Channel, in 14 hours that were divided between heavy waves and pitch black darkness.

The success of the English Channel swim has inspired the A Long Swim Team to continue with marathon swims, including the 24-mile length of Tampa Bay, the 21-mile distance of  the Catalina Channel in California, and a 29-mile circumnavigation of Manhattan Island in New York City.  The swims of the English Channel, the Catalina Channel and Manhattan Island make up the "Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming," of which Doug was the 89th person to complete, and only the 15th person to complete all over the age of 50.

A Long Swim has raised $500,000 for ALS research, dedicated to the groundbreaking and collaborative research at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago, one of the top ALS research laboratories in the world. On the very day that Doug finished his English Channel crossing, Northwestern made a breakthrough announcement of the discovery of the common cause of all forms of ALS, and has accelerated its pace of discoveries since then.

 

 

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.”  Nelson Mandela