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THE 2009 JANUARY JAM: BEGINS IN THREE DAYS!

posted December 29, 2008 @ 1:33 AM  |  Meets, Open Water, and Other Events | Website category

Dear Dynoswimmers,

Training for a big swim? Need to get back into shape? Feeling guilty from too many holiday treats? Just plain old competitive?

THE 2009 JANUARY JAM: MS PLUNGE FOR PARCELLS BEGINS IN THREE DAYS!

On January 1st, JANUARY JAM participants from all over the world will track their yardage for the entire month to see who can "jam" the most yards into 31 days. The St. Vincent's Medical Center Foundation's January Jam: MS Plunge for Parcells was created to promote fitness through swimming while raising money for the Dave Parcells MS Fund.

In 2007, Dave Parcells passed away suddenly at the age of 49 while doing what he loved: swimming the Tampa Bay marathon. Dave was known for his accomplish­ments as a long distance athlete and Channel swimmer, but not many people knew that just months before he died, Dave was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Even while struggling with his personal challenges and fears for the future, Dave had a dream to set up a fund to support MS patients and their families with expenses not covered by insurance as they undergo treatment for MS. Unfortu­nately he passed away before fulfilling this dream. This event will help realize his goal and at the same time present a challenge Dave would have enjoyed - to jam as much yardage as possible into one month.

2008 was the January Jam's inaugural year and not surprisingly, there were eight English Channel swimmers and at least six participants who were attempting the English Channel or Swim Across the Sound in the upcoming summer. David Blanke of Austin, Texas set the high water mark, covering over 255,070 yards in the 31 days. David used his Jam yardage to prepare for a number of national and international marathon swims including Cook Strait (the body of water separating the North and South islands of New Zealand), a husband-wife relay at the Manhat­tan Island Marathon Swim, and the Chicago Shoreline Marathon. Marcy Mac­Donald was second with 196,900 yards.

Wishing you all happy and healthy holidays,

Dean, Josh, Judi, Liz, and Kristen - Your Dynoswim / January Jam Team

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