Mexican-American Unity Swim

At a time when political relations between Mexico and the United States were strained by border-related issues, a team of six swimmers came together to support neighborly relations and break a world record. On September 24, 3 swimmers from Mexico and 3 from the United States began a non-stop relay swim in Lake Powell that broke the world open-water relay record for lake swimming – covering 118 miles in 55 hours 20 minutes.

The swim benefited two charities: Wounded Warrior Project in the United States, and Por Ellas in Mexico. At a time when many people on both sides were pointing fingers and talking politics, this team of six – and the very supportive community in Arizona – showed just what we can accomplish when we work together.