Channel swimmers do it. Marathon swimmers do it. Professional swimmers do it. Coaches do it all the time

And so do evidently thousands of adult swimmers do it: Logging their miles swum during training in the pool and open water.

But there are a select group of men and women over the age of 80 years who are still doing it. In the motto of the SUN Masters (“Swimming Until Nonagenarianism“), these octagenarians and nonagenarians just keep on going and going, enjoying a healthful lifestyle in a sport where their inherent buoyancy in the water helps them exercise like they could never do on land.

In the Go The Distance program managed by U.S. Masters Swimming, these individuals are inspirational to all their younger teammates, neighbors, friends, and in some cases, co-workers. There are many others around the world who swim similarly, but these representatives are physical showcases of what can be done in the water.
 

 

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Tackling The Ocean
Retired NFL Defensive End and Pro Bowl superstar, Marcellus Wiley, conquers his fears of swimming in open water at the OptimusSport Distance Swim Challenge, Santa Monica, CA

 


 


 


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SWIM ACROSS AMERICA, LONG BEACH
With the powerful cause of making waves to fight cancer, the inaugural Swim Across America Long Beach event was both inspirational and successful.

THE DRAMA OF THE SPORT
Before he came out of the water, Craig knew that a certain question had to be answered. It wasn’t a question about his middle name or anything like that. It was much more profound. It was a question posed by himself, a question that only he could answer for himself. When Craig was able to answer that question, Hank embraced him and congratulated him on finishing the 5K with dignity.


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80-84 Male Age Division – Distance to Date (January 1 – November 30)
Eugene Paul (84) 472.24 miles (760.0 km)
Robert Beach (82) 313.23 miles (504.0 km)
Paul Kiell (82) 279.39 miles (449.6 km)
George Adams (80) 188.23 miles (302.9 km)
Thomas Weber (82) 137.18 miles (220.7 km)
Patrick Quinn (81) 56.55 miles (91.0 km)
Herb Janecek (80) 45.68 miles (73.5 km)

85-89 Male Age Division – Distance to Date (January 1 – November 30)
Paul Hutinger (88) 57.22 miles (92.0 km)

90-94 Male Age Division – Distance to Date (January 1 – November 30)
Edward Jerger (90) 62.56 miles (100.68 km)

80-84 Female Age Division – Distance to Date (January 1 – November 30)
DJ Murray (82) 493.69 miles (794.5 km)
Joan Campbell (82) 271.88 (437.8 km)
Barbara Eisele (82) 214.26 miles (334.8 km)
Jeane Gruender (84) 141.59 miles (227.8 km)
June Vyse Gravener (81) 100.40 miles (161.5 km)
Nancy Durstein (83) 70.23 miles (113 miles)

85-89 Female Age Division – Distance to Date (January 1 – November 30)
Peggy Sanborn (85) 342.72 miles (551.5 km)
Marjorie Stone (89) 218.22 miles (351 km)
Regan Kenner (89) 60.11 miles (96.7 km)

90-94 Female Age Division – Distance to Date (January 1 – November 30)
Juanita Willard (92) 1.22 miles (1.9 km)