It's finally time for a swim.
I am happy to introduce The Great Diabetes Swim: 24-Hour Edition!
The swim from Chicago to Grand Haven is still deferred to next summer, but pending the weather, this Saturday, August 29th*, I will be swimming 24-hours non-stop from 4 PM on Saturday to 4 PM on Sunday. My goal is to swim 40 miles, which will be my longest swim to date! (*It was previously scheduled for 8/28 - 8/29, but delayed 1 day due to weather.)
I will be swimming back and forth along the Wilmette shoreline between Tower Road Beach and Northwestern University, a roughly 5-mile path one-way (see maps below). You can track my progress here. My crew will also be posting periodic updates to Facebook and Instagram during the swim so head over to @DiabetesSwim to follow along!
Organizing this swim has been a massive team effort. Attempting it couldn't have been possible without the the incredible help and support of my teammates. During the swim, I will have an army of people supporting me and I am so thankful for them!
The weather is looking threatening for tomorrow, but I will keep you posted! In the meantime, here are a couple of answers to questions that I have received:
How does it work?
If the weather cooperates, I will enter the water at 4PM on Saturday (8/28) and take off. If the weather makes this swim unsafe, then I will push the swim 24 hours and start on Saturday. UPDATE: This did happen and the swim is now scheduled to start on Saturday, 8/29 at 4PM.
I will always have at least 1 kayak escorting me. I have an amazing kayaking crew and the kayakers will rotate about every 4 hours.
Every 30 minutes I will stop for about 60 seconds and drink a high-calorie/carb drink while treading water.
At 4PM the next day, I will exit the water!
How can I help?
Share this! I’m asking people to donate $24 to represent the 24-hour swim! I’d love to get a spike in donations and awareness for type 1 diabetes!
If you are inclined to pray, please pray for good weather and for our safety!
Thanks for sticking with me!! Time to hit it!
24-Hour Swim Route
Multiple round trips between Tower Road Beach and Northwestern University
A zoomed out view to put it in context of Lake Michigan