Round the Rock Rarotonga Marathon Swim
Head Coach of Fit and Abel and Founder of Real Swim Adventures, Dan Abel successfully completed the 34km swim circumnavigation of Rarotonga in a touch over 11 hours. In an effort to raise fund for Autism Cook Islands, the total amount raised now tops $10,000.00. Donations are still being accepted for this great cause, so please visit the Give a Little page to help with worthy cause.
The Rarotonga swim has only been attempted three times in history and only two of those swims were successful. The first to complete the swim was New Zealand Hall of Fame swimmer Meda Mckenzie and the second, was Cook Island native Don Carlaw. Both these swims took place in the 1980’s and took over 17 hours.
Dan’s circumnaviation was the first attempt in 30 years to complete this … and in an amazing 11 hours. Well done Dan!!
The Round the Rock Rarotonga swim will help to:
- Reconnect Australasia and the Pacific with its rich distance swimming heritage and inspire a new generation of open water swimmers.
- Raise funds for the Cook Islands Autism Society. The health benefits of open water swimming include improving body awareness, reducing anxiety and building confidence. In 2016 Dan co-founded the Fit and Abel Aqua Juniors special needs swim programme, to empower young people’s lives both in and out of the water.
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