Sarah Thomas Wins 2021 END WET, the Guest Takes the Title

Sarah Thomas Wins 2021 END WET, the Guest Takes the Title

Not only was Sarah Thomas invited to be the Guest Swimmer at the 2021 END WET (or the Extreme North Dakota Watersports Endurance Test) in June 2021, but she also ended up winning the 57.9 km downstream river swim from North Dakota to Minnesota on the Mighty Red River.

  1. Sarah Thomas (38) 13 hours 4 minutes
  2. Marian Cardwell (31) 13 hours 10 minutes
  3. Seth Baetzold (26) 13 hours 32 minutes
  4. D’Arcy Toffolo (44) 13 hours 37 minutes
  5. Kaitlyn Peterson (18) 14 hours 31 minutes
  6. Rose Buchmann (26) 14 hours 40 minutes
  7. Lucas Hetzel (28) 14 hours 48 minutes
  8. Abby Bergman (24) 15 hours 4 minutes
  9. Tracy Knight 15 hours 30 minutes
  10. Justin Carestia (24) 15 hours 32 minutes
  11. Deanna Doohaluk (45) 15 hours 40 minutes
  12. Arlo Lorenz (44) 16 hours 18 minutes

Jamie Tout (68) DNF at mile 33, Luke Smetters (39) DNF last chance, Rachel Lefkakis (31) DNF at mile 25, Linda Stewart (33) DNF prior to last chance, Thomas Hintz (55) DNF at mile 15, Ivan Pancic (48) DNF at mile 15.

Race director Don Henderson invited the incomparable Thomas is the race’s annual Guest Swimmer. Henderson introduced her as follows, “First joining us in 2015 as our Guest Swimmer, and then returning in 2016 to do END-WET twice (once the day before on her own for fun and then the race itself the next day) as training swims. Sarah is an ultra-marathon swimmer who holds the current world record for the longest continuous, unassisted, non-wetsuit, swim done in current-neutral conditions. That record-breaking swim covered 104.6 miles over 67 hours and was completed in Lake Champlain in August 2017. Shortly after completing this swim, Sarah was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer. She was just 35 years old. While undergoing aggressive cancer treatment, including chemotherapy, surgery, and radiation therapy, Sarah never gave up on her dream of doing a swim that most people thought was impossible. One year after completing her cancer treatments, Sarah did just that- becoming the first person to complete a four-way crossing of the English Channel in 54 hours and 10 minutes. 

Sarah lives near Denver, Colorado, with her husband Ryan, their two beagles and their rescue mutt. She is a full-time recruiter.  She also does keynote presentations for special events, where she shares life lessons that help her complete marathon swims and that helped her beat cancer. 

Sarah had agreed to join us last year until COVID ruined our plans, so she was very excited to be a part of our event this year.

For more information on the END-WET, visit here.

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