2.22.2011

Martin Strel is Coming to Utah!

 
Martin Strel, the heavy-set, wine-drinking, Slovenian ultra-marathon swimmer is coming to Utah!  Martin is famous for ridiculous distances down rivers.  He has swam the length of the Danube, Mississippi and Yangtze rivers and in 2007 he swam the entire 3,272 mile length of the Amazon River.

Martin recently announced his latest project to swim down the Colorado River this coming May.  While less than half the distance of the Amazon, the Colorado is more dangerous in many ways with its rapids and sharp rocks.  He has set up a website for the project at www.grandcanyonswim.com where you can sign up for email updates.  Martin was also recently interviewed on BBC News and you can read that article here.

If I can figure out where he will be and when, I am going to try to get a glimpse of the "Big River Man" in action.  Anyone else planning to see him as he swims through Utah?

Photo courtesy of www.grandcanyonswim.com

7 comments:

Rob D said...

if you want some perspective on swimming the Colorado you need to find a copy of We Swam the Grand Canyon by Bill Beer... copies are hard to come by but it's a pretty crazy story

Josh said...

Yeah I saw your post about the Grand Canyon book...I just found a copy on Amazon and should have it by Friday!

Josh said...

Rob, I got "We Swam the Grand Canyon" on Friday afternoon and finished it yesterday afternoon. It was a great read! Thanks for the recommendation.

I wonder if Martin Strel has read it...

Anonymous said...

If you are interested in Bill's book, We Swam The Grand Canyon, email billbeer55@aol.com and you will reach Bill's wife Sue. The book is $12.95 plus postage ($4). Note, however, The River in 1955 is not The River today. The pictures in the book will show you how different The River is. It is a great read. But then, I am biased. His daughter.

Josh said...

Thanks for the information! I actually bought and read your dad's book about the same time I wrote this post...what a great story!

Swimming Vacation said...

Hello! We are a team of Martin Strel marathon swimmer. Last June we shot 2 Tv shows on the Colorado river, but Martin now plans to swim the entire length. We have the book of Bill Beer. The river was much different that time.

You can also swim with legendary Big River Man at Lake powell, we organize swimming vacation tours. Visit http://www.strel-swimming.com

Josh said...

Thanks for the update on Martin's plans to swim the Colorado! I would love to go on the swim vacation to Lake Powell!