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THE SWIMMING ENVIRONMENTAL LAWYER

Filipino ingemar macarine has made history by pioneering swim routes in a country where open water swimming is still in its infancy. he swims to promote clean seas and beaches and inspire filipinos to care more for the marine environment.
Picture credits: John Domingo

In 2013, after running several half marathons, two full marathons and two 50km ultramarathons, the president and founder of the Surigao Runners Club found himself struck down by plantar fasciitis in both feet. Unable to run, he decided to return to the sport of his youth, swimming, for rehabilitation. Three years later, the 39-year old environmental lawyer is a pioneer in solo channel swimming in the Philippines.

Ingemar Macarine set off on his first solo channel crossing on 30 December 2013. The 4.2km swim from Basul Island to Surigao City had never been attempted before and Macarine’s feat attracted media attention. He says: “After my first crossing, I researched and found out that open water swimming is quite popular in other countries. So I asked my fellow runners from Surigao Runners Club why not popularise the sport of open water swimming while at the same time promoting my environmental advocacies. That’s how I started as an open water swimmer.”

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