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Friday, April 4, 2014
Dan Projansky, 56 Going On 36
Swimmers are coming from all over the place to participate in the 36-mile (57.9 km) Extreme North Dakota Watersports Endurance Test (END-WET), but none may face the challenge of 56-year-old Dan Projansky.
Swimming 36 miles of butterfly down a slowly meandering river where the current flows downstream up to a leisurely 1 mile per hour is tough. Very tough. But Projansky is preparing for the longest summer of butterfly in his life.
"First, I'm going to attempt 2 out of 4 lake swims in Arizona at the S.C.A.R. Swim Challenge in Arizona. I'll do all butterfly in the 9-miler (14.4 km) across Canyon Lake and then the 17-miler across Apache Lake fly. In June, I will do the Red River swim (the 56.9 km Extreme North Dakota Watersports Endurance Test), all that butterfly too. Then in August I'll do the 8-mile (13.2 km) Swim4Freedom in Wisconsin, all fly."
70 miles…112.6 km…all butterfly...all summer long, not bad for a 56-year-old.
Projansky will be joined in the END-WET from rural North Dakota to East Grand Forks, Minnesota down the mighty Red River of the North with the following individuals:
* Bill Daugherty (71)
* Michael Miller (60)
* Mike Schmidt (60)
* Leonard Jansen (58)
* Stefan Reinke (56)
* Dan Projansky (56 doing it butterfly)
* Patty Hermann (54)
* Suzie Dods (54)
* James Bradford Ursin (54)
* Scott Jensen (53)
* Kathleen Wilson (50)
* Franco Prezioso (48)
* Amanda Hunt (45)
* William G. Murtha (39)
* Shannon Keegan (39)
* Kevin Kopplin (37)
* Carrie Taylor (33)
* Joe Vacek (33)
* Landon Ascheman (33)
* Mary Staples (32)
* Brian Leftwich (32)
* Tim Root (31)
* Sandra Frimerman-Bergquist (30)
* Devon Dear (29)
* Sarah Ann Whitford (28)
* Max Boeckel (21)
* Braydon Love (18)
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