In late August, one of Open Table MDI’s co-founders – Puranjot Kaur – will be attempting a non-stop solo swimming circumnavigation around Mount Desert Island. This swim is roughly 45-miles in length and could take 24+ hours to complete. Given the magnitude of this endeavor, she is assembling a support crew of boat captains, kayakers, pace swimmers, and some of the best cheerleaders our island community has to offer.
Donate to the Swim
This swim is a fundraiser focused on food security, helping to support and raise awareness about the mission of Open Table MDI. In partnership with several other island organizations, Open Table MDI was recently awarded a $50,000 grant to help greatly expand our programming. Puranjot hopes to match this funding before, during, and after her swim.
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. Once the final date, route, and timing of the swim has been set, this page will be updated with additional information.
If you are not in the Mount Desert Island, Maine area, you can follow along with track.rs. Again, this page will be updated with a link once we get closer to the start of the swim.