I Swim For Vets Across Lake Erie

I Swim For Vets Across Lake Erie

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

Norman Stark Jr. is swimming across Lake Erie on behalf of the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund (IFHF) Traumatic Brain Injury.

Josh Heynes, founder and director of the Lake Erie Open Water Swimming Association who has crossed Lake Erie twice himself (11 hours 53 minutes in 2006 and 11 hours 16 minutes in 2011), said 17-year-old Stark and 30-year-old Elliot Spaeder. “It just so happens that Norman is a high school swimmer at Cathedral Prep and Elliot is his high school coach.”

I was inspired by the challenges that many brave veterans and their families face every day,” explains Stark who has 3 older siblings in the United States Navy. “The idea of swimming across Lake Erie first came to me in a dream in the summer of 2013 when I was 16.”

Erie is the perfect destination for solo marathon swims because it is almost directly across from Long Point, Ontario, Canada,” describes Heynes. “Many swimmers have tried to swim the lake here, but few have succeeded. Norman’s swim will start in Canada and finish on the shores of Freeport Beach in Pennsylvania – a distance of 24.3 miles.”

For more information on his attempt, visit www.iswimforvets.com.

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Steven Munatones