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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Did you know? Inspiration 101...

We've got some really inspiring people on this swimmer-scout team!

For starters, let's take a quick look at our two most "senior" swimmer scouts, Bill Shipp  and Liz Fry. At 51 and 52 years old respectively, they have some "time in the bank" on some of the other swimmers, but that hasn't slowed them down one iota. Despite a cancer diagnosis last year, Bill is back stronger than ever and ready to conquer this lake. Liz, who suffers from asthma, just completed a double crossing of the English Channel. Those are some seriously inspiring people and we dare you to call either of them "over the hill"!

On the other end of the spectrum, our youngest competitor, Emma Reade Otto-Moudry, 16, is brand new to open water swimming and blazingly fast. Watch for her to give Liz a run for her speedy money, with New Zealander Charlotte Brynn in contention for the coveted position of "forward recon" scout as well.

While this event is not a race, there will be differing paces among the swimmers, and we expect to split up into pods to swim in packs. We hope that allows for the best possible eyeball-coverage of the lake so we won't miss Miss Memphre!

John Humenik, 36, an airline pilot from New York City will also be at the front of the pack, and we hope he stays warm enough in the water rather than the sky. His fellow Kingdom Swim 10-mile swim winner, David Dammerman, 42, of Saratoga Springs, NY, will also be a speedy entrant somewhere in the forward group.

Greg O'Connor, a 42-year-old cancer researcher from Natick, MA who completed a Catalina Channel crossing last summer will likely be holding down the center of the pack. The father of a precocious four-year-old is used to keeping both eyes peeled for trouble and creatures, so he may well spot Memphre long before anyone else.

Towards the back of the pack, look for Jennifer Dutton, a 42-year-old swim coach from Wayland, MA and Elaine Howley, 33, of Waltham, MA to be dawdling and chatting from time to time as the pack anchors. The two channel swimmers enjoy long, slow swims in whatever body of water will have them and hope that by playing sweep to the rest of the group, they may notice Memphre after everyone else has swum on ahead.

It's anybody's guess where the relay of Alison Meehan, 39, of Elkton, MD and Shannon Keegan, 36, of Derby, VT may end up. The two fast pool swimmers will be trading off during the swim and staying fresh. Their team approach could put them out in front of the solo swimmers. Shannon's local knowledge of the lake should also be a big bonus as they search for Memphre.

So, we'll leave you with this idea for today: What did you do today to inspire yourself or someone else? You don't have to swim a big lake to do it. Something as simple as donating a few dollars to IROC will help someone who desperately needs it have access to a health center that really does work miracles. Please consider supporting our cause and thanks for reading about us and our upcoming adventure!

"A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle." -- James Heller

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