Swim 4 Vets next swim adventure and veteran fundraiser will be The 8 Bridges Hudson River Swim in New York. Tentative date of June 2019.
Amber Baker has already stated her intent to swim with Diana Moissonnier, Swim 4 Vets Founder, in this epic 7 day event as a 2 man relay. Due to the cost of this event They will only be able to swim 2 stages, known as a double. Cost for the event is $1350 per stage for a relay team. While the cost seems high it will help cover the kayaker and support boat that will accompany all of the swimmers.
This race is held annually in June of each year and each day the swimmers enter the water to swim from bridge to bridge. Starting bridge for the race is Rip Van Winkle and ending bridge, on day 7, is Verrazano Narrow, the gateway to New York. Amber and Diana are super excited to be a part of this annual event and to help raise money for a local New York veteran charity.
As I sit in a hotel room in Des Monies, Iowa, I reflect on the first swim for Swim 4 Vets. The water was choppy but a pleasant mid 70's. Three of us had motion sickness on the boat but once we were in the water it was business as usual. It was an amazing journey and the MVP award definitely goes to Michael Martin. A former Marine he struggled on his second leg of the swim and where others would have given up he didn't. Teammate Amber Baker got into the water and swam and coached him through the last 20 minutes of his swim. I guess you could say that his Marine training took over and maybe even a stubborn streak.
The feeling of climbing out of the water on to the rocky shores just west of San Pedro 22nd St. Pier was a feeling of accomplishment, excitement and happiness that we finished the swim and raised $1,437 for Father Joe's Village and homeless veterans. A very big thank you to all who donated and supported us throughout the swim. Final time 12:03:34.
I'm already looking into the next swim. Top of the list is New York, the 8 bridges. Enjoy the photos below.
If you haven't donated yet or are not sure, I ask that you to please do so. No donation is too small. $5 is perfect and 100% of your donation goes to helping homeless veterans. Everything that Swim 4 Vets has done to prep and complete this swim has been paid for by all of the swimmers of the Swim 4 Vets Relay. Out of pocket total from the swimmers is $3800. It is truly a labor of love for our veterans and we believe strongly in the impact that we can have.
God Bless our veterans!
I would really love to hear your response and maybe even ideas that I could implement here as it is my wish to continue with swimming channels around the United States as a relay team and choosing a veteran charity that is local to the area of the channel being swum.
For the people who have donated to Father Joe's Village I am truly honored and grateful to you for your donation as it will go a long way in helping our homeless veterans.
Below is the link to the interview that I had this past Sunday. I was truly honored to be interview by these two amazing veterans. It is my hope that you will listen to the interview and that you will learn more about me and Swim 4 Vets and that you will not only donate to Father Joe's Village but that you will share this post and encourage your family and friends to donate too. No veteran should come home from combat and find themselves homeless. It is up to us Americans to help these brave men and women who protect the freedoms that we hold so dear.
If there is anything that I have learned over the years is to never quit! As the Marines say "Improvise, adapt and overcome." We all become well versed in this sometime in our lives. I have had to change plans only to change them again when it has come to accomplishing this goal of swimming the Catalina Channel. First try I didn't even make it to the balmy waters of Catalina before being sidelined with a torn rotator cuff. I still managed to raise close to $1,000 for my perspective charities, which considering I never achieved the swim, I am quite proud of that.
Fast forward to the today and I find myself with an accepted application for a relay style channel crossing on August 6-7,2017. The date is fast approaching and I look forward to swimming it with some very amazing people. Two are military veterans. I have only met my teammates, except Dan Simonelli, once and I am blown away by how quickly they agreed to to help me with this swim and fundraising for it. Their enthusiasm and energy will make this crossing fun, as this will be the start, of what I hope to be a continued endeavor.
If you have already donated to Father Joe's Village, then thank you. If you haven't then let me tell you why you should. Father Joe's village has helped and will continue to help our homeless veterans. They are based in San Diego, CA and I thought it appropriate to choose a veteran charity in California since we are swimming along it's coastal waters. When you click on the donate button then it will take you directly to a special page at their website for you to submit your donation. Swim 4 Vets never touches the money. It will go directly to the charity. $5, $10, or even $20 is all you need to donate. I am not asking for you to donate hundreds of dollars. Just a small donation. What I do ask is that you share this will your family, friends and co-workers.
Please help if you can. Our veterans are worth it. They have sacrificed so much for our country, it is time we sacrificed for them.
50% of the proceeds from the sale of these awesome shirts will go to Father Joe's Village.
Get them while you can! Help support our veterans!
Congratulations to Swim 4 Vets Teammate Dan Simonelli on receiving the Barra Award for Best Overall Year
In 2016, Dan swam the Catalina Channel on January 16 (same day as the first Catalina swimmer, George Young) and the English Channel on August 25. He was coordinator and member of the "Out, Around, & Back" relay between Catalina and Santa Barbara Islands; and a member of two Catalina Channel relays, including a new CCSF-record mixed relay.
Dan has also continued his extensive work in support of fellow marathon swimmers, for which he was previously honored with the 2015 MSF Streeter Award. Among other things, he kayaked all four days of S.C.A.R. in Arizona, coached the Arch Academy Zombies team on numerous open-water relays, and coached, crewed, and observed for numerous solo swimmers and relays in channel swims around the world (details). In an administrative role, Dan serves as a voting member of IMSHOF and CCSF, and as President of the La Jolla Cove Swim Club.
,Happy Thanksgiving from Swim 4 Vets to all of my followers and their families and especially to all of our military families who have loved ones who are overseas protecting our freedom.
Many of you have the tradition of going around the table and stating what you are thankful for. I would like to take this time to do the same. I am thankful for my health and even though I didn’t get to actually get to do my swim I have been able to rehab quicker than expected and retool my swim stroke to make my swimming more efficient and easier on my shoulder. I am thankful for the wonderful swimmers who stepped forward to be a part of the Swim 4 Vets relay team and they are truly excited about doing this very physical and mental accomplishment. I am thankful for the many triathlete friends that I have made through the MaccaX team, who swam a mile for the virtual swim or just donated to the cause. I am thankful for my coach at Tactical Coaching, who would check on me and setting up a training program that I could do while I was rehabbing. And lastly I am thankful for my family. For my wonderful husband who took care of me after my surgery; my children with helping around the house and for my oldest son who was rehabbing his broken wrist at the same time. We helped each other stay on task and offered words of encouragement on the bad days.
Happy Thanksgiving and please remember to pray for our military and their families.