Don Macdonald of Barrington, IL (formerly Goshen, IN) blogs his journey to Swim Around the World, one body of water at a time.
Don offers his training, experiences, workouts, logistics and planning, expert advice from previous channel swimmers, planned milestones swims, mental and emotional training and from time to time his charitable efforts supporting kids and families to learn to become more resilient.
Those who aspire to this life goal please join and share your comments and/or support.
Swimming the Distance: How Do We Get from Here to There?
2014 Don Macdonald's watchful safety eye looking over Doug McConnell swimming around Manhattan Island
Last summer, 11 intrepid individuals jumped into the Cal-Sag Channel as part of the Cal-Sag Plunge. This monumental occasion signified that the more than 100-year history of the river as a sewage canal is over and recreation in, on, and along the water is here to stay.
But is the river really safe enough for swimming? Who says so? And how do they know?
Please join Friends of the Chicago River, along with other water quality experts, policy advocates, and urban swimming champions as we explore these questions and discuss how to make swimming in the Chicago River system a reality.
Speakers include David Barra, New York Open Water; Jessica Dexter, Environmental Law & Policy Center; Willie Levenson, Human Access Project; and David St, Pierre, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago. A panel discussion will follow.