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June 18, 2013
The day started off really EARLY. We met Drew Carney from News Channel 8 at Sunrise for Out and About with Drew. It was pretty crazy, but a good start to getting what ended up being a lot of good press for the Willamette River. I think people really got to see and engage with the river in such a different way. Most of the time people are either driving the bridges or walking, running or biking the paths next to the river. I’m sure many never consider getting in the river unless they are in a boat.
I think our little river swim did a lot to help change people’s minds. Yes, 15 years ago swimming in the Willamette would have been ill advised. Local non-profits and other organizations have been doing oodles to change that. Unfortunately people’s perceptions are still 15 years old. Funny how the brain works and what sticks with us. The Human Access Project are working to change that. That is what this 12 hour swim was about. Get people to own their waterway. It is the lifeline to the city. By improving the Willamette’s health and prosperity, we in turn increase our own.
What was great about this swim for me was to have an endless changing landscape to watch while swimming. I was able to talk to and engage with the people thank them for coming and answer their questions. Can’t say that has ever happened on any of my other swims. I even had a classroom of school children throwing flowers down into the water to cheer me on. My very own Ice Castles moment.
Besides the great press, I think some of my friends were really able to comprehend what my sport actually is. Some came down to cheer me on and said “Oh, you really just swim for 12 hours without stopping.” Yep that’s what I do. I guess seeing it in actual time is different than understanding the sport conceptually.
Take a moment to read some of the great articles that resulted for the Willamette.
KGW News Channel 8 at Sunrise – Out and About with Drew Carney:
KOIN News 6:
07/ marathon-swimmer-tackling-willa mette-river/
- mid-swim interview: http://videos.oregonlive.com/
oregonian/2013/06/ portland-area_swimmer_promotes. html
- post swim article – this is one I’ll treasure for a long time: http://www.oregonlive.com/
portland/index.ssf/2013/06/ willamette_river_swim_in_portl. html
Fox 12 News and a few radio stations came as well, but I can’t find their postings. If you find them please pass them along.
Oh and if you are looking for something fun to do in the Willamette this summer consider the following:
The Big Float: http://thebigfloat.com/ – sponsored by the Human Access Project – www.humanaccessproject.com
The Portland Bridge Swim – http://www.portlandbridgeswim.com/ – 11 miles, 11 bridges and countless memories – relays are accepted!
December 14, 2011
I don’t know who created this video and it really explains some of the craziness of channel swimmers. I laughed so hard I was crying watching this video. I hope some of the humor translates for some of you.
November 21, 2011
Another video from the EPIC 5 event that Team Nike participated in May 5th. If you forgot it was 5 Ironmen (2.4 miles swim, 112 miles biking, 26.2 miles running) everday for 5 days on 5 different Hawaiian islands. This again was produced to feature Redbull athlete Josef Ajram, so Team Nike may not be featured much, but we were there and represented!
The video is around 30 minutes long, so maybe a good one to watch as you stretch after a workout. Or maybe it is the inspiration to get out there and get moving.Continue Reading
August 15, 2011
I know I haven’t posted for a while, which may make some of you think that I’m somewhere in Siberia. Not so…and I’ll explain that story later. I’ve been doing some local events in Portland and then my annual trek to Ketchikan Alaska for the Pennock Island Challenge. In the meantime, here is the trailer for the Outside TV documentary on EPIC 5.
July 1, 2011
And the last installment of Josef Ajram's Redbull EPIC 5 webisodes. I'm totally in this one. Ok it is only as I give Josef a hug, but still.
Amazing accomplishments by all athletes that participated.Continue Reading
June 23, 2011
This was a rough day for Josef and he just did what he needed to do to get through. Amazing athlete!Continue Reading
June 16, 2011
Webisode 3 from EPIC 5. The wind that was Molokai. The girls aren't featured in this one at all. However you get to see how the challenge is beginning to affect all the athletes, us included.Continue Reading
June 10, 2011
Here is webisode 2 of EPIC 5 with Josef Ajram. If you watch when the swimmers are in a group heading out. You will see one swimmer out front with no wetsuit arms…that's me. I'M FAMOUS! Ok not really. .Continue Reading
June 9, 2011
I don't know if I mentioned that during the EPIC 5 event in Hawaii there were two film crews there to make documentaries. One was the Red Bull crew to focus on a documentary about Josef Ajram. The other is to make a documentary for the Outside TV network.
Obviously Team Nike wasn't the focus of the Red Bull documentary and I imagine that we will have little exposure on the Outside TV one as well. However, I thought I would still share as it does show the event and the amazing athletes (including us) that were there. Oh yeah, the Red Bull one is also in Spanish, but I think you will get the idea.Continue Reading