Back on January 2, 2013, Annaleise Carr called in to Peace Fund Radio as our very first Hero of the Week. She had just been named 2012 Woman of the Year by the World Open Water Swimming Association, or WOWSA, and WOWSA! did they have a good reason for bestowing that honor upon her.
That August, Annaleise had become the youngest person ever to swim across Lake Ontario, 52.5 kilometers or 33 miles in 26 hours and 41 minutes after filling out 70 pages of paperwork just to get permission to do it, setting a new international record by being the youngest person ever to swim continuously in open water for more than 24 hours. With heavy currents and 6-foot waves constantly battering her off course, she actually swam closer to 70 kilometers or 44 miles.
Why did she do it? To make a difference.
After setting an initial goal of $30,000, Annaleise has raised more than a quarter of a million dollars for Camp Trillium in Hamilton, Ontario. Her new book about her Lake Ontario crossing arrives this month, and she's currently training for her next big swim. On July 25, she'll dive into Lake Erie in Erie, Pennsylvania. 75 kilometers (50 miles) later, she'll come ashore in Port Dover, Ontario, as a world record holder for swimming the greatest distance across Lake Erie. Once again she'll be swimming for the children at Camp Trillium, and she joins us today to talk about her latest adventures.