Oliver Turner Swam From Coast To Coast - And In The Shadows The World Trade Center

Oliver Turner Swam From Coast To Coast – And In The Shadows The World Trade Center

Oliver Turner is a 50-year-old American open water swimmer and race organizer from New Jersey who completed the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming in July 2021.

Turner completed a 32.3 km crossing of the Catalina Channel, swimming from Catalina Island to the Southern California mainland in 13 hours 54 minutes. His Triple Crown achievement was a long time coming. In1994 at the age of 23, Turner completed the 45.9 km circumnavigation swim around Manhattan Island in New York, finishing the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim in 7 hours 58 minutes. The 1994 photo above shows Turner swimming near the Twin Towers of World Trade Center (1973–2001) near Battery Park in Manhattan Island.

Oliver Turner swimming during sunrise on the Catalina Channel with his son Francis escorting him in the kayak in 1994

The next year,he completed a 33.5 km crossing of the English Channel in 12 hours 53 minutes under the escort of pilot Dave Ford. Between his Manhattan Island Marathon Swim and his Catalina Channel crossing, Turner has done a lot in the open water:

In 2008, Turner swam across Lake Zurich in Switzerland in the 26.4 km International Self-Transcendence Marathon Swim from Rapperswil to Zürich in 10 hours 9 minutes.

In 2006, Turner completed his third 45.9 km circumnavigation swim around Manhattan Island in New York, finishing the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim in 9 hours 7 minutes.

In 1999, Turner founded the 10 km Horsetooth Open Water Swim in Colorado while he was a graduate student at Colorado State University. The Horsetooth Open Water Swim is a multi-race event in Horsetooth Reservoir in Fort Collins, Colorado that is one of America’s Top 100 Open Water Swims with 250 meter, 1000 meter, 1.2 mile, 2.4 mile and a 10 km marathon swims.

In 1998, Turner completed his second 45.9 km circumnavigation swim around Manhattan Island in New York, finishing the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim in 8 hours 35 minutes.

In 1995, he completed in the 17 km Irish Championships in Lough Erne from Carrybridge to Enniskillen in 3 hours 57 minutes.

In 1995, Turner swam the length of Lake Windermere in England in 4 hours 40 minutes.

In 1995, he completed the 12.9 km BLDSA Torbay swim from Meadfoot‑Fishcombe‑Meadfoot.

In 1993, he was part of the first English team to swim across the North Channel from Northern Ireland to Scotland in 1993 in 10 hours 39 minutes.

In 1993, he completed the 12.9 km BLDSA Torbay swim from Meadfoot‑Fishcombe‑Meadfoot.

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