Donald Trump In The Open Water

Donald Trump In The Open Water

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Donald Trump has established a presence, name and brand for himself that has transcended business, media, entertainment, and most recently, politics over the decades.

One of the current front runners on the Republican presidential campaign, Trump has also long supported open water swimming including solo environmental swims by Skip Storch and professional marathon swimming race in Atlantic City, New Jersey (Around The Island Swim).

The Trump Marina was [finish] site of the 1989 Around the Island Swim where the Trump Marina and other casinos in Atlantic City donated funds for the prize money in the 1980s. During the race won by David Alleva in 8 hours 5 minutes over Asmuth and Robert Schmidt, the 24 athletes also swam past the Trump Princess. Trump came down to shake the hands of the winners.

I don’t remember a lot of what happened at the race finish,” recalls Paul Asmuth. “However, race director Jack Geraghty wanted me to meet him. It was very nice of Mr. Trump to take the time to greet the swimmers.”

Asmuth then later crossed paths with Trump again at the 2012 Golden Goggles, a USA Swimming event. “I asked Mr. Trump if we could have our picture taken together again after many years and he said ‘Why not?’ We were on the red carpet after he gave out an award that night. He was cordial in both of my brief encounters with him.”

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