On September 6th 2015, Night Train Swimmers will attempt to break the world record of the longest relay open water swim in history. The goal is to raise $100,000 to help Arthur Renowitzky walk again after being paralyzed by a gun shot wound to his spine.
English Channel rules apply which means they wear only a swimsuit, cap and goggles. Team members will swim continuously in one-hour individual rotations and expect to complete the swim in a little over 5 days. The co-ed team of six aim to reclaim the world record title from The Sea Hawks, who broke Night Train’s existing record in 2014. The Sea Hawks, from India, swam for 269 miles over 6 and a half days off The Konkan Coast off the western coastline of India.
“We are anticipating an event that’s unprecedented in the annals of distance swimming,” stated team captain Vito Bialla. “Our team of swimmers are some of the fastest and mentally toughest in the world and we pride ourselves in channeling this energy to give back to the community—this time to help give the gift of mobility to Arthur Renowitzky who was paralyzed after being shot during a robbery in 2007.”
The six swimmer team consists of: Grace van der Byl, Dave Holscher, Kim Chambers, Adam Eilath, Vito Bialla and Ashley Horne. Each team member brings unique experience in long-distance swimming– from swimming to the Farallon Islands from the Golden Gate Bridge, to holding the fastest female individual record for Catalina Island, to completing the legendary Ocean’s Seven.
Donations can be made through Night Train Swimmers here.