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Digital Subscriptions > Outdoor Swimmer > December 2016/January 2017 > ‘AN IMPOSSIBLY BEAUTIFUL ADVENTURE’


H2Open talks to Sarah Thomas about her record-breaking 80-mile, 56-hour swim

At the beginning of October, Sarah Thomas made history when she swam the length of Lake Powell from Utah to Arizona. Her 56 hour 5 minute swim, later verified by the Marathon Swimmers Federation at 80 miles, broke the record for the longest unassisted solo open water swim. The 34-year-old recruiter from Colorado already had an impressive number of long distance swims on her CV. In 2010 she decided to up her distance from 10km and successfully crossed the Catalina Channel. In 2011 she completed the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim, swiftly followed by the English Channel in 2012, a double Tahoe (42 miles) and double Memphremagog (50 miles) in 2013, and Flathead Lake and Loch Ness in 2015. Read on to find out what makes the mind of a marathon swimming superstar tick…

what inspired you to swim so far and for so long?

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About Outdoor Swimmer

Outdoor swimming is not just about sport. It is about being part of a community, about fun and challenge, travel and escape from the day-to-day grind. It is about the thrill of feeling alive. It is being sat at your desk and dreaming of next weekend’s swimming adventure. If you find it hard to keep the thrill going through the dark days of winter, we’ve got 12 ways to help keep you motivated, including six top tips for cold water swimming. If you need something to look forward to, check out our Travel and Events sections for races and holiday destinations for summer 2017. Elsewhere in the magazine we hear from the Wild Swimming Brothers about their trip to Norway to tackle the world’s biggest whirlpools, and the truly inspirational Sarah Thomas talks to us about her mammoth 80-mile swim in Lake Powell. Enjoy the magazine and happy swimming.