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Emily's 9 Miler - COMPLETED! - Update 8/4/2007

posted August 6, 2007 @ 11:19 AM  |  Meets, Open Water, and Other Events category

Latest update at http://www.swim4cp.nohner.com/

Photos can be found by clicking here.

The swim started in the dark as Emily and Dean quietly slipped into the water at 5:19am. When all was said and one, the GPS said they actually swam 10.1 total miles. They wanted to make sure there was no question they did 9 full miles, but their course was also altered by buffeting wind and waves that developed about half-way through the swim. Throughout the swim they also had to be cautious to avoid a large number of additional boats circling the lake as part of a local Fishing Tournament. All ended successfully at the Nohner cabin on the southwest shore of Big Birch... where family, friends and neighbors gathered to cheer them in at 11:18am, just 6 hours later.

One important visitor was also there to cheer Emily in, Dr. Chris Duncan. Emily's former academic advisor from the University of Dayton and his family drove in from Ohio to be part of the event. He and his family were impressed by the Nohner family's welcome of everyone raising funds and awareness in honor of his nephew Maddison, who lives with his family in Las Vegas. The Duncan's were surprised that everyone worked so hard supporting someone they have never even met. Dr. Duncan spoke on behalf of Maddison and his family at the Finish Line Celebration, saying "this was one of the most moving things I've experienced in my life." "One of the great things I learn by being a professor is I learn more and more from my students all the time." He said that actions like Emily and women of her generation have a lot to teach us about being a better a person. "They give me hope, at times when I don't always have hope."

Emily's parents, Dr. Kevin Nohner and his wife Mary, tracked the swimmers by boat from their early morning departure until the Finish Line. Their responsibility was to alert boaters of Emily and Dean's location. With banners and swimmer signs, they nervously followed the progress through periods of rain and chilly conditions. Their sons Joe and Nick assisted in a second boat through the more treacherous routes to pass between upper and lower Birch and provided added protection as the winds and waves increased.

DynoSwim coach and founder Dean Osterloh swam with Emily the entire way. He and his organization have trained hundreds of Master Swimmers. He was skeptical when Emily inquired a year ago about doing a 9-mile swim to raise awareness about Cerebral Palsy and Maddison Duncan. It's the equivalent of a doing 3 swimming marathons on the same day. "Going from zero to 9-miles in a year is quite an accomplishment and I don't think just anyone could have done that. It's really a testament to Emily's determination and I'm glad we had an opportunity to help her get there." After all the training she's done and completing the 10-mile Big Birch Lake event, Dean said "she's had more open water experience than some Masters Swimmers with 20 years of experience!"

Additional information about the adventure is being posted on Emily's swim website at www.swim4cp.nohner.com, which also includes information about contributions. Donations can be made to the Maddison Duncan Fund, c/o Emily Nohner, 1754 North 127th Street, Omaha, NE 68154.


Congratulations! Is the English Channel next in 2008?

Posted by josh on August 6, 2007 @ 1:23 PM

Woo-hoo, Emily!!! CONGRATS and a big hug from your friends at Dynoswim in Palm Coast, FL.

Posted by Sheryl on August 6, 2007 @ 2:47 PM

Congratulations, Emily. All that hard work paid off. We knew you could do it!

“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”
~ Leo Buscaglia

Posted by Judi on August 6, 2007 @ 4:49 PM

Thanks to you dynoswimmers!! Sheryl and Judi - and everyone else in Palm Coast especially. It was an incredible day, one I will consider to be the greatest in my lifetime. So far we have raised about $3500 for Maddison and the money keeps coming in. Perhaps more important than the money is all the hope and joy the swim generated for the Duncan family. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping me make a dream reality.

Posted by emily on August 7, 2007 @ 11:54 AM


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