Larry Turkheimer, along with the LA Tri Club, created an awesome program four years ago called The Coast 2 Coast Swim Challenge, which is coming up on June 1st the at Culver City Plunge. The goal is for participants to donate to a great cause -providing free swim lessons to underserved kids – while getting in a great workout themselves. This year the Ironman Foundation has partnered up with the LA Tri Club to bring the program to pools all over the country. This year there will be 18 other Tri clubs participating between May 1 and June 30. The goal is to have everyone swim a combined 2,462 miles -the distance between LA and New York City. In the past three years, over 2,500 kids have been taught how to be safe in the water and how to swim. For more information go to www.coast2coastswim.com
Steve Stoloff is the CEO of the VAVI Social Club in San Diego, the group that created the Ridiculous Obstacle Challenge (ROC) event that has now expanded to 16 markets around the country. He came on to chat about the club, the events and their plans for the future.
Joe Desena is the creator of The Spartan Race and his new book Spartan Up! is already selling well. How did a long time Wall Street professional go from racing 14 Ironman Triathlons in one year to creating the most successful obstacle course events on the planet? Time for you to Spartan Up and listen in!
Jason Brown’s amazing Olympic trials free skating routine earned him a trip to Sochi, has been viewed nearly 4.4 million times, and his ponytail has over 4,000 twitter followers. The 19 year old Olympic bronze medalist filled us in on the whirlwind of the past few months and the type of training it takes to perform at the highest level in his sport.
Blair Cannon has the seventh-fastest time in history swimming the Catalina Channel. Gracie van Der Byl was nominated as the 2012 open water swimmer of the year. Mike Trevino has won the Badwater ultra marathon and finished second in RAAM. These ultra legends teamed up with four other great swimmers to create an epic event and fundraiser. This was a classic chat.
Ken McAlpine is a long-time author and friend of Competitor Radio whose second non-fiction book, Together We Jump, was recently released. It’s an awesome read. Find out more about Kenny and all of his books at www.kenmcalpine.com.
Larry Turkheimer created a program called the Coast 2 Coast Swim Challenge three years ago with the help and support of the LA Tri Club. The program has now helped to teach 1654 inner city youngsters how to swim. 250 supporters are expected to gather at the Culver City Municipal Pool on Sunday, June 2nd to swim and help raise money for the program. For more information the website is www.coast2coastswim.com