Mike to swim 17.5 miles for CHM this weekend!

August 7th, 2014 by Danny Boren

Mike Miller, who recently completed a 36 mile swim down the Red River in North Dakota, is now taking on a 17.5 mile open water swim from Manhattan to Sandy Hook, NJ – all to raise awareness and funds to cure blindness.  The Ederle swim, put on by NYC Swim, is an annual event for World Class marathon swimmers and it is named after Gertrude Ederle an Olympic Champion and World Record holder who in 1926 became the first woman to swim across the English Channel.

A fact often lost on non-channel swimmers is that in order to do an “official” channel swim a swimmer may use “No Artifical Aids” that includes any sort of thermal or bouyancy aids – thus meaning that a channel swimmer can not wear a wetsuit, no matter how cold the water is.  Mike has successfully swam across the English Channel among other marathon swims, and often spends over eight hours in water that is in the 50’s – 60’s, making the massive length of these swims that much more difficult.  Take a look at this video of Mike from the Ederle Swim in 2012 to see just how cold you get when you get out of the water after a long cold swim with no wetsuit. If you appreciate hard work, and dedication, and want a cure for Choroideremia please click here and make a donation to Mike’s Marathon Swim campaign. Even if you don’t know Mike personally, you know how important this cause is – and so does he. That is why he is swimming for us.