Kathleen Wilson Completes Rare Sea of Galilee Two-way Crossing

Kathleen Wilson Completes Rare Sea of Galilee Two-way Crossing

Kathleen Wilson celebrated her 25 years in the sport of marathon swimming by traveling by herself to Israel and attempting a two-way crossing of the Sea of Galilee.

She succeeded with a tough 16 hour 40 minute double crossing on May 30th. It was only the fifth two-way crossing among the 60 crossings in history.*

She reported on Facebook, “The Sea of Galilee is one very unpredictable lake. We began Sunday evening and I entered the water at 10:07 pm. I swam through the night with some really good hours and a couple with very unpredictable winds moving us around constantly. I was trying to beat the sunrise at the northern shore of the lake, just to beat the sunrise. The sun beat me by 90 seconds.

The return started out okay, but it got gruesome for about the last 15 km when I had a problem I’ve never had before. My lats and rhomboids on both sides completely either seized up or quit working or something, but I had a substantial power drop with each pull.

I did still persevere, limp in to the finish and I think the official time is around 16 hours 40 minutes.”

For information about the Galilee Marathon Swimming Association, visit here.

Two-way Crossings of the Sea of Galilee

  • Avishag Turek on October 30th 2019 (N-S-N) in 14 hours 54 minutes at the age of 44.
  • Joe Zemaitis on November 15th 2019 (S-N-S) in 14 hours 52 minutes at the age of 39.
  • John Zemaitis on November 15th 2019 (S-N-S) in 14 hours 52 minutes at the age of 36.
  • Avishag Turek on April 13th 2021 (N-S-N) in 15 hours 25 minutes at the age of 46.
  • Kathleen Wilson on May 30th 2022 (S-N-S) in 16 hours 40 minutes at the age of 58.

Photo above shows Wilson on August 25th 2001 after completing her first English Channel crossing in 13 hours 10 minutes on her return to Dover from France.

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