Tuesday, August 17, 2010

LONG BRIDGE SWIM - Sandpoint, Idaho

The Long Bridge Swim is a1.76 mile open water swim along the HWY 95 Long Bridge that spans the northwest portion of Lake Pend Oreille before entering Sandpoint Idaho.
This year’s events showed off the local youth talent. Fourteen year old Bryce Kananowicz splashed the field of some 800 swimmers finishing the swim in an amazing 33 minutes and 53 seconds. The second place finisher Peyton Austin Layman of Littleton, Colorado, who is 16-years-old, finished 3 minutes back at an also impressive time of 36 minutes and 40 seconds. The first female finisher was Peyton Bowen of Coeur d’Alene Idaho at 40 minutes and 30 seconds, placing her at 14th place overall. Peyton is also 14-years-old showing youth in this years event as king and queen.

This event is certainly not just about who won the event but about helping people see the benefits of swimming and being safe while doing it. Race organizer, Eric Ridgway, has raced in the event all 16 times. Persons participating in this race ranged from an 8 year old girl to and 80 year old Spokane Nun and also included Jan Whitcomb of Coeur d’Alene… a person with Multiple Sclerosis who swam entirely with the use of only her arms.

This is a great event to watch because you can view it from the bridge. So not only is it an impressive event for the swimmers but also a spectacular event to onlookers.

Top 20 finishers — 1, Bryce Kananowicz, M, 14, Liberty Lake, Wash., 33:53. 2, Austin Layman, M, 16, Littleton, Colo., 36:40. 3, Donald Moravec, M, 50, Spokane, 37:52. 4, Ed Davis, M, 47, Pullman, 38:29. 5, Gus Koch, M, 15, Hayden, 38:29. 6, Chris Mann, M, 16, Sandpoint, 38:30. 7, Pat McChesney, M, 60, Spokane, 38:41. 8, Tim Burnham, M, 51, Cashmere, Wash., 39:09. 9, Rob Davis, M, 52, Calgary, 39:27. 10, Bryan Buck, M, 48, Irvine, Calif., 39:33. 11, Aaron Fullen, M, 24, Colbert, 39:35. 12, Marcos Donolo, M, 35, Pullman, 39:38. 13, William McLaughlin, M, 27, El Cajon, Calif., 40:11. 14, Peyton Bowen, F, 14, Rathdrum, 40:30. 15, Annie Warner, F, 30, Nine Mile Falls, 40:46. 16, David Lien, M, 41, Sandpoint, 41:09. 17, David Barnes, M, 59, Hayden, 42:11. 18, Mark Comfort, M, 56, Missoula, Mont., 42:14. 19, Brian Aucott, M, 45, Bothel, Wash., 42:22. 20, Joseph Hendry, M, 17, Benton City, Wash., 42:23.
Long Bridge Swim - Video Here

For more info about this event visit http://longbridgeswim.org/
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