Round the Rock is a non-stop circumnavigation attempt of Mount Desert Island, Maine – undertaken by Puranjot Kaur, one of Open Table MDI’s founders. In late August of 2020, Round the Rock was a fundraiser focused on food security, as well as an opportunity to raise awareness about the mission of Open Table MDI. With your incredible love and support, we were able to raise $50,000 and greatly expand our programming to serve more individuals and families on Mount Desert Island and beyond.
Ultimately, weather and wind thwarted Puranjot’s non-stop attempt in 2020. She made it approximately 18-miles and then completed the entire island in stages during the months of September and October. Round the Rock 2.0 will be her second attempt at a non-stop circumnavigation and another opportunity to support the important work of Open Table MDI.
UPDATE: Unless there is a dramatic change in the weather forecast, Puranjot will be leaving on Tuesday, August 3rd at 7:27pm from Hadley Point Beach in Bar Harbor. See the projected schedule here.
Are you just learning about the sport of unassisted solo marathon swimming (ultra-swimming) or want to help support Puranjot’s journey? Read more below!
What is a Marathon Swim?
The Spirit of Marathon Swimming – Marathon swimmers embrace the challenge of crossing wild, open bodies of water with minimal assistance beyond their own physical strength and mental fortitude. There are ways to make the sport easier, but marathon swimmers consciously eschew them.
Marathon swimmers take pride that their achievements can be meaningfully compared to the achievements of previous generations because the standard equipment of the sport has not changed significantly since 1875.
A marathon swim is defined as a nonstop open-water swim, undertaken according to standardized rules, and requiring at least several hours of sustained effort to complete. Ten kilometers without significant assistance from currents is the minimum distance considered to be a marathon swim. The swimmer remains in the water for the entire duration of the swim from start to finish without intentional physical contact with escort vessels, support personnel, or other objects (fixed or floating).
What Route Will This Swim Take?
To check out the projected swim route, click here!
Can I Come Watch?
Absolutely! Puranjot will be in the water for a LONG time and unlike many swim crossings, because this is a circumnavigation, there will be plenty of opportunities to catch sight of the swim from the cliffs and beaches of Mount Desert Island.
If you are not in the Mount Desert Island, Maine area, online tracking is available RIGHT HERE.
Big love to Captain Evil (Edna Martin) and Bob Bowman for capturing the majority of these pictures from attempt number one, as well as training swims and the stages of completing the island loop. So grateful for the documentation of an epic journey.