Molokai for Marcia

Molokai for Marcia

What more can Marcia Cleveland do? She is an author (Dover Solo), mentor, coach, speaker, Triple Crowner, Grand Slammer, ice swimmer, official, administrator, volunteer. 

On March 30th, the Yale University graduate, mother, and Honor Swimmer in the International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame completed a 42 km crossing of the Molokai Channel from Molokai to Oahu in 17 hours 45 minutes, escorted by Michael Twigg-Smith.

She wrote on Facebook, “I waited two years, one week, and 15 minutes for this swim. A day later and I’m doing well. Just a little tired and definitely fatigued. I slept through the night last night, which is amazing after one of these swims. It was a really tough swim.

Miraculously, I did not have one jellyfish sting and saw no sharks. This is also truly amazing.

This swim was like an endless staircase I climbed while wearing a heavy backpack. At random times, rocks were added to the backpack. When the sun rose around 6:00 am, the swells were about 5 feet, but rose to 8 feet quickly.

This was the hardest water I’ve ever swum through and these were normal conditions. It took a whole lot of determination but nothing great is easy.”

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