On September 9, 2008, five swimmers from the San Francisco Bay Area started a relay across the English Channel. 12 hours 8 minutes later, their final swimmer stepped out of the water near Cap Gris Nez, France. The team posted the fastest five-swimmer relay crossing that year, winning the prestigious Montserrat Tresserras Shield.
As part of the swim, the team raised more than $50,000 for a local Marin Charity – the Lifehouse Foundation – and began its tradition of completing a swim every year to raise money for charity. Out of this one swim, Night Train Swimmers was born.