Now in its second year, Los Angeles Tri Club’s Coast 2 Coast Swim Challenge is a one-of-a-kind aquatic fundraiser where every lap helps fund free water safety and swim lessons for under-served L.A. kids. This epic swim event unites Southern California athletes to collectively swim 2,462 miles — the point-to-point distance between L.A. and New York — in a single day, in a single pool.
The Coast 2 Coast Swim Challenge aims to reverse local child drowning statistics: drowning surpasses all other causes of death among children age 14 and under in California, while Los Angeles County has by far the highest rate of near-drowning of any county in the state.
This year’s event is on Sunday, May 20, 2012 from 5 a.m. to midnight at the Culver City Plunge aquatic center.
Larry Turkheimer, co-founder of L.A. Tri Club, joined KFWB’s Penny Griego and Phil Hulett to talk about the fundraiser and how you can participate.