Harmon to test limits
Ken Harmon already knows he can swim the length of Lake Tahoe, but it’s the uncharted waters beyond that distance hatched his latest challenge.
The 50-year-old Danville, Calif., man will attempt to swim the length of Lake Tahoe and back without a wet suit this weekend.
“I have no doubt that one length will give me my moneys worth, but the challenge for me is to test what I can do after one length. I have always wanted to try and swim 24 hours at a respectable pace.”
Dubbed the Ultimate Tahoe Challenge, Harmon is tentatively scheduled to depart at 8 p.m. Saturday from the beach at the Hyatt Regency in Incline Village. Small craft advisories on the lake have pushed back his departure time by three hours.
The wind delay will mean Harmon will spend much of his challenging 44-mile swim in the dark.
“I have been in much colder water for almost five hours but 24 will be challenging, even though warmer and 10 hours of no sunlight,” Harmon said.
Harmon said part of his support crew will include a physician, who will monitor for hypothermia.
If Harmon succeeds, he’ll be the first distance swimmer to swim the length and back without the aid of a wet suit. Harmon said Jamie Patrick became the first swimmer in a wet suit to swim two lengths of Lake Tahoe last week.
In 2005, Harmon swam 22 miles from Camp Richardson to the Hyatt Regency in 11 hours, 19 minutes. Harmon took the longest route across the lake, according to the U.S. Coast Guard.
Carter swims for village
On Friday, South Lake Tahoe’s Tiffany Carter attempted to swim across Lake Tahoe to raise money for an impoverished village in Africa.
Carter’s route was from Kiva Beach to Incline Village. Results of that swim weren’t available at press time. Before attempting her swim, Carter had raised $957 of her $2,000 goal. Donations can still be made by going to swimforafrica.com.
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