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Christopher Swain's Mohawk River Swim
Christopher Swain will attempt to become the first person in history to swim the entire length of the 149-Mile Mohawk River, in New York State. The purpose of his swim is to put the Mohawk River squarely in the public eye and to support efforts to protect and restore this river. Along the way he will be navigating through rapids, and locks, stroking through contaminated agricultural and urban runoff, and collecting physiological and water quality data that will be shared with students across North America.
Christopher Swain Bio -
As part of his mission to protect threatened waterways, Swain has become the first person in history to swim the entire lengths of the Columbia, Charles, Hudson, and Mystic Rivers, as well as Lake Champlain and large sections of the Atlantic coast of the United States.
During his swims, Swain and his ProMotion suits have survived collisions with boats, 12-foot waves, lightning storms, class IV+ rapids, toxic blue-green algae, blood-sucking Lamprey Eels, oil slicks, raw sewage spills, Great White Shark habitat, and water laced with arsenic, cyanide, dioxin, neuro-toxic pesticides, and radioactive waste.
Swain has made presentations to over 80,000 North American schoolchildren. Stories about his environmental efforts have reached a worldwide media audience of more than two billion people.