Swimmer to Attempt World Distance Record

For Immediate Release   

Swimmer to Attempt World Distance Record on Lake Michigan

Open-Water Swim to be Broadcast LIVE on Facebook Starting Aug. 25, 2014 

Chicago, Illinois, March 29, 2014 This summer Jamie Patrick will attempt to set a world open-water distance record by swimming from Milwaukee Bay to Chicago Harbor. It will be a grueling 55-hour, 75-mile test of attrition and human perseverance as he braves inclement weather, cold temperatures, mental exhaustion, and more than 250,000 arm strokes in an attempt to swim into the record books.

“When Jamie completes this swim, it will be the longest documented traditional solo marathon swim ever done,” said Scott Zornig, president of the Santa Barbara Channel Swimming Association. “There have been 3 or 4 claims globally of longer swims, but these swims did not follow marathon swimming’s 139-year-old rules or are lacking in evidence.”

To put Patrick’s non-stop aquatic endeavor into more perspective, Abou-Heif, considered one of the greatest marathon swimmers of the 20th Century, had to be immediately hospitalized due to exhaustion and dehydration after he swam 60 miles across Lake Michigan. “And he was in the prime of his swimming career at the time,” said Steve Munatones, a world-renown marathon swimmer and founder of the World Open Water Swimming Association.

“In my opinion, Jamie will be attempting one of the most difficult swims in human history,” added Munatones. “ I can only think of a few swim attempts that would be comparable over the last 100 years.”

Patrick’s non-current assisted marathon swim will be farther, longer, and take place in colder water than the swim that left the “Crocodile of the Nile” in the hospital. Despite all this, at the ripe old age of 43, the loving husband and father from Northern California is ready to attack this amazing challenge.

And the world will get to watch it LIVE on Facebook, thanks to the video platform SmackDab presented by Ridgeline Entertainment.

A high school All-American in swimming, Patrick went on to have a successful collegiate career. The real accomplishments, however, came after he left the pool and dove into “open water.”

In 1996, he began his open-water career swimming the English Channel in a relay. Since then, Patrick has completed 15 Ironman Triathlons, completed two Ultraman World Championships, and finished a non-stop triple Ironman. He’s also completed a 44-mile double crossing of Lake Tahoe, swam the strait of Gibraltar, and swam 111 miles non-stop down the Sacramento River.

In 2011, Patrick was voted “World Open-Water Swimming Man of the Year.”

Even in his leisure time, Patrick continues to make a splash. Just for “fun” as he called it, he swam for 12 straight hours in his own pool and once swam – like a salmon – upstream in the creek behind his house during a torrential rainstorm.

While there will be chinook and coho salmon occasionally swimming alongside him, “The Great Lake Swim” will be far from a pleasurable outing for Patrick as he endures overwhelming mental and physical fatigue. Considering 97% of Americans can’t swim non-stop for one third of a mile, Patrick going 75-plus is entering “unchartered waters,” according to Munatones.

Yet, with incredible motivation, endurance, and support, Patrick plans on swimming from waters that are uncharted into the waters of Chicago Harbor – and consequently into the record books.

For more information on The Great Lake Swim, please visit www.thegreatlakeswim.com. The LIVE Facebook broadcast is presented by Ridgeline Entertainment, a television and social media broadcast and production company founded by multi-Emmy Award winner Doug Stanley. All media inquiries please contact Brian Bose at Ridgeline at bbose@ridgelineent.com or (775) 846-8488.

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