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Benefit swim needs paddlers OT

On July 1st my cousin and good friend Gary Keller will be swimming across Lake Washington to raise

awareness and funding for local domestic abuse shelters. The swim will be part 2 of a 3 stage journey that

begins with biking across Washington state, swimming from Houghton Beach Park in Kirkland to Warren G

Magnuson Park in Sand Point (1.75 miles), continuing on the bike south to Mt Rainier and ending with a week

long summit climb via the Tahoma Glacier route.

The event was created in response to a domestic violence tragedy that

took place in his family last summer. More details can be found at the web site below.

The part I need your help with is in a support role for the swimmers, the city has asked that there be one boat

per swimmer (15) for the crossing. There will be 6 or more power boats forming a perimeter for the swimmers

and several YMCA life guards on paddleboards joining but we still need several more kayakers to paddle

alongside, mainly as spotters and to provide assistance if necessary. I will be paddling my Guillemot and

another friend Bob will be there in his Artic Tern. It should be a lot of fun.

If you are interested in joining us please e-mail me at the link above "stalegb@sprynet.com"


Ben Staley