There are plenty of ways to get around Manhattan Island in New York, taxi, Lyft, bike, walk, train, bus. But none of those get your AROUND the island quite like swimming! 16-year-old Angel More of San Carlos, California, completed a 28.5 mile swim around Manhattan, and she didn’t do it just for fun. It was all to raise more than $58,000 for charity.
The money raised from her ambitious swim went to nonprofit Children International, which benefits kids in poverty by giving access to life-changing benefits, like medical care, educational support, life skills and job training before graduation; and is supported by Meghan Markle and Prince Harry.
But she also did it to test herself. “I’ve been swimming for about 10 years and always want to challenge myself, so it felt great to finish my longest-ever distance open water swim,” More said in a statement. Not only did she complete the epic feat in nine hours, the swim was also extra challenging since she decided to do the 20 Bridges challenge, where she passes under the 20 bridges around Manhattan starting with the Brooklyn Bridge.
You can read more about this remarkable young athlete, including a record she previously held, in your Good News Story of the Day. Her next goal is to swim the English Channel, which will lead her becoming one of the few top athletes in the world to become accomplish the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming, a challenge consisting of three historically significant swims including around Manhattan and the Catalina Channel; both of which she has now completed.
Story and Image from Inside Edition.