Seth Baetzold Has A Plan B - Swims Saint Croix

Seth Baetzold Has A Plan B – Swims Saint Croix

Seth Baetzold faced massive disappointment on his visit to Dover. “The weather was too bad to attempt an English Channel crossing in July,” recalled the engineer from Maplewood, Minnesota.

But the 27-year-old did not want all his training and preparations to go to waste – so he developed a Plan B closer to his home in Minnesota. He explains, “I swam 24 miles on the Saint Croix River on October 1st. I started at the Stillwater Minnesota Boom Site Public Boat Launch and ended at the end of the river at Point Douglas Park in Hastings, Minnesota. I had a crew of five people; a boater, a MSF observer, and three escort kayakers. After being disappointed and not being able to swim the English Channel, I wanted a swim of similar temperatures and length – and included a charity to make the swim livelier.

The sights were amazing, trees changing color, multiple bridges and cliffs.”

His support crew for the 11 hour 6 minute swim included boat captain Rick Hecimovich, observer Michael Miller, crew chief Landon Ascheman, escort kayakers Adam Harriet and Jared Baetzold, and ground crew Ralph Hayne.

His charity swim benefitted the North St. Paul Food Shelf.

The St. Croix River is a tributary of the Mississippi River that flows in the states of Wisconsin and Minnesota. The river is a National Scenic Riverway under the protection of the National Park Service.

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