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Swimmer Spotlight: Lewis Pugh swims the Hudson River

Updated: Sep 26, 2023

Hey everyone, Craig here. Ever think about swimming in the Hudson River? For 315 miles?! (WOW!) Lewis Pugh actually did exactly that just a week and a half ago! I was watching him from the path that runs along the Hudson River. He was moving so fast, I couldn't even get a good picture of him, and I was riding a bike! He was being escorted by two coast guard boats. What an inspirational person.


From August 13th to September 13th 2023, Pugh swam from the Adirondack Mountains to Battery Park. 50 years ago, swimming the Hudson would have been unthinkable due to its pollution. Pugh, 53, wanted to highlight the Hudson’s progress and promote the need for clean rivers worldwide. Here's the full article:



We wonder which Penguin City Swim student will perform an amazing swimming feat! Tell us your personal swim stories and we will feature you in future newsletters.

Lewis Pugh swimming in the Hudson River
Lewis Pugh swimming in the Hudson River with the New York skyline in the background.


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