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A Long Swim has announced a premier open water marathon swim from Nantucket to Martha’s Vineyard in August of 2019. English Channel Swimmer Doug McConnell … Continue reading →
TRIATHLETES AND OPEN WATER SWIMMERS: 5K, 2.4 mile, 1.2 mile, 1,500 meter, and 750 meter Open Water Swims are featured in the A Long Swim Series on Sunday, June 2 in Lake Zurich, Illinois. Events are professionally timed and led by English Channel Swimmer Doug McConnell. Registration for this swim is $70-$80 and $15 additional for day of registration. On-line registration ends on Saturday, June 1, at 6:00pm. You can register here.
Lake Zurich is a pristine body of water and a private residential lake.
Gates open at 6:00am, day of registration begins at 6:00am, the first gun is at 6:30am for the 5K, 7:00am for the 2.4, 7:20 for the 1.2, 7:30 for the 1,500, and 7:40 for the 750.
See the recent ABC Channel 7 news coverage of the A Long Swim Series HERE.
A Long Swim is a series of open water swimming events benefiting ALS research. (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). Led by English Channel Swimmer, Doug McConnell, these swims are designed for triathletes and open water swimmers and are professionally timed. Each swimmer has an opportunity to fundraise and earn a package to waive their registration fee and earn triathlon and open water swimming gear.
Enter peer-to-peer fundraising campaign for A Long Swim and earn BlueSeventy Wetsuits, Surf-Fur Water Parka, Blue Seventy Triathlon Transition Bags and free registration here! Enter both Lake Zurich and Tower Road Beach – Winnetka events and the receive an A Long Swim beach towel.
A Long Swim announces the 2019 Summer Swim Series with two open water swim events with professionally timed distances of 750 meters, 1,500 meters, 2.4 … Continue reading →
The Ellen McConnell Blakeman ALS Research Fellowship Begins at Northwestern University A Long Swim has announced that it has made a significant gift to Northwestern … Continue reading →
We proudly introduce you to Bennett Blakeman, a sponsored A Long Swim athlete Bennett is the son of Ellen McConnell Blakeman, Co-Founder of A Long … Continue reading →
A Long Swim hosted its annual A Long Swim – Tower Road Beach in Winnetka, Illinois on Sunday, August 5th. The event featured events for … Continue reading →
A Long Swim event on Lake Michigan 1,500 meters, 1.2 miles, 2.4 miles, 5K open water swim timed and under race conditions with lifeguards in … Continue reading →
Ellen McConnell Blakeman, who broke important gender barriers and co-founded the nonprofit A Long Swim, succumbs to ALS. Ellen McConnell Blakeman of Burr Ridge, Illinois, … Continue reading →
Our dear friend, Meghan O’Doherty, 41, has passed away after a courageous battle with cancer. Meg leaves behind an uncountable number of friends, but our … Continue reading →
Ka’iwi Channel swim A Welcome Home Party was held for our Ka’iwi Channel swimmer, Doug McConnell and our support kayaker, Don Macdonald at Francesca’s in Barrington, … Continue reading →
Ka’iwi Channel Swim Summary On July 31st A Long Swim Team swam, kayaked, celebrated and worried across Hawaii’s Ka’iwi Channel (a/k/a the Channel of Bones) … Continue reading →
This 27 mile swim turned into one of 32 miles because of the currents. The swim started on the west end of Molokai with an … Continue reading →
Swimming the “Channel of Bones” In July 2016, A Long Swim dedicated themselves to swim Hawaii’s Ka’iwi Channel between the islands of Molokai and Oahu. … Continue reading →
Ice Bucket Challenge in 2014 raised more than $160 million for ALS research A Long Swim was built around ALS, and even borrowed the acronym … Continue reading →
A Letter From Swim Coach Don Sammons I got an email from my college swimming coach, Don Sammons, today, which follows. My answer to him … Continue reading →
The cherished goal of marathon swimmers The International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame has created Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming, a special distinction for those … Continue reading →
MIMS — a unique swim anywhere in the world The Manhattan Island Marathon Swim, or MIMS, is a unique swim anywhere in the world. It … Continue reading →
Manhattan Island Marathon Swim Things are really starting to come into focus now. The Manhattan Island Marathon Swim (MIMS) is six weeks from today, … Continue reading →
Let’s Talk Jelly Fish Lots of people are talking about jellyfish these days. The environmental activists will say, “You know, the oceans are warming everywhere, … Continue reading →
When you look back at all of this marathon swimming craziness, it was all Don Macdonald’s idea. Don and I were well acquainted through Masters … Continue reading →
We call it “The Susan” Susan and I met on a commuter train 34 years ago, and from the very first I was gobsmacked by … Continue reading →
Catalina Channel Swim. Done. Whew. The Catalina Channel is the body of water between Santa Catalina Island and the Palos Verdes Penninsula, and is west … Continue reading →
The English Channel — the busiest shipping channel in the world. Topping out at 62 degrees. Half of the swim is in pitch darkness. In … Continue reading →
This is the second of a three-part series on Doug’s swim across the English Channel. Read part 1 here, and check back on Monday for … Continue reading →
Oui, Oui, Wissant I sent this email to a number of members of A Long Swim team from the pilot boat heading from Wissant Bay, … Continue reading →
Open Water Training for 2 Years We have trained at a pretty high level for two years, though my spinal surgery in early 2010 forced … Continue reading →
After the English Channel Swim We finished the Channel swim on August 22nd in the inky black of 3:00 a.m. I badly wanted to grab … Continue reading →
Lou Gehrig’s Disease Often called “Lou Gehrig’s disease” for the New York Yankees baseball icon, ALS is a neurodegenerative disease that slowly robs people of … Continue reading →