Swimmers Conquer Plymouth-to-Provincetown Swim
August 24, 2012
Boston.com: Hours before dawn Tuesday, five people waded into the waters off White Horse Beach in Plymouth and began swimming toward Provincetown, a 20-mile swim they hope will become the prototype for a new marathon swim event.
Each member left in intervals starting at 2:40 a.m. and made their way to Herring Cove in Provincetown sometime after 1 p.m. Eileen Burke, an Orleans native, was the first swimmer to leave Plymouth and finished in 11 hours and 10 minutes.
The swimmers followed the rules set up for those who want to swim the English Channel: They were allowed to wear a swimsuit, cap, and goggles, but could not have any assistance during the swim other than an escort boat. Swimmers were given food at regular intervals, and were allowed to touch the boat or crew during the swim.
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