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The Amazon Swim - 3,375 miles in 70 days (Feb 1 - Apr 11, 2007)

posted January 23, 2007 @ 10:00 PM  |  Open Water Swimming category

Martin Strel, a legendary Guinness record marathon swimmer, has always been looking for the challenges of impossible and the Amazon is going to be the next one. On Feb 1st 2007 Martin Strel is going to start swimming all the way from Atalaya (Peru) to the Atlantic Ocean at Belém (Brazil). He is planning to reach 3,375 mile (5,430 kms) long ultimate challenge in 70 days.



Amazing, that's almost 50 miles a day! I assume he is swimming downstream, I wonder if he could just float and the current will carry him?

Posted by josh on January 24, 2007 @ 7:53 AM

I don't know--floating or swimming--just the thought of what is lurking in those waters is enough to deter me. I thought Florida was bad with the sharks and the alligators. Yikes.

Posted by Judi on January 24, 2007 @ 2:39 PM

I saw another article about this swim on CNN.com (http://edition.cnn.com/2007/WORLD/americas/01/19/amazon.swimmer.reut/index.html) and it talks about how they will have buckets of blood "to distract flesh-eating fish and reptiles". They discuss how he will wear a wetsuit and a special cream to protect him from the candiru, or toothpick fish as well as electric eels and snakes (Note: the Candiru apparently likes to swim into body orifices, erect a spine and start feeding on blood and tissue). There are also fresh-water stingrays, vicious piranhas and aggressive bull sharks, which travel far up the river from the Atlantic.

Yes, Florida looks pretty tame, doesn't it? Yikes is right!!!!

Posted by sheryl on January 28, 2007 @ 11:59 AM

You could follow Martin's progress at this website by reading the "Trip Entries" that are uploaded everyday.


Posted by josh on February 9, 2007 @ 8:23 AM


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