Kathie Hewko Suited To Swimming The Golden Gate Bridge

Kathie Hewko Suited To Swimming The Golden Gate Bridge

The 37-year journey of Californian Kathie Hewko, a real estate agent who has regularly swum underneath the Golden Gate Bridge since 1976, is a might impressive streak of nearly four decades.

In April 2013, Hewko will reach her 38-year anniversary over which times she has completed 87 crossings, the most prolific Golden Gate Bridge swimmer in history.

With her plans to complete her 100th crossing on her 70th birthday, her times have ranged from a current-boosted 26 minutes to a grueling 90-minute battle against the tides and chop. Other than her consistency and commitment, what is perhaps even most impressive is her choice of swimwear.

I still have the bathing suit from my first first Golden Gate Bridge swim. It is an old nylon,” explains the fit Michigan native. “And I plan to wear it on my 100th crossing.”

Her trusty swimsuit is shown above at the 4th annual Women’s Bicentennial Golden Gate Swim, a 1.12-mile swim on October 16th 1976 from Lime Rock to Fort Pt. when she swam together with 51 swimmers in 59°F (15°C) water for 42 minutes.

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