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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Andrew Malinak Honors The Legacy Of Bert Thomas

Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California.

1...2...3...breathe right...1...2...3...breathe left.

Andrew Malinak replicated Bert Thomas's 18.5-mile swim from Tacoma to West Seattle in the state of Washington with a steady pace of 3 arm strokes and then a breath to the right, then another 3 arm strokes and a breath to the left. Over and over again.

"I wanted to start where Bert Thomas finished and finish where he started," explained the geotechnical engineer about Thomas' 15 hour 23 minute marathon in May 1956.

59 years later, Malinak honored the legacy of Thomas, an International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame Honour Swimmer, with his swim of reversal. Malinak left Tacoma at 8:43 am, swam through the Colvos Passage on the west side of Vashon Island, and finished at Lincoln Park in Seattle at 5:25 pm - a cool 8 hour 42 minute swim of 21.4 miles (34.4 km).

For more details of Malinak's unprecedented marathon swim, inspired by a local legend, visit here.

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