Friday, August 8, 2008

Like Father, Like Daughter

Mike Miller and his daughter Mackenzie have a simple goal: "Walk in. Swim. Walk out."

Among the dozens of individuals planning to swim across the English Channel this summer, an adventurous pair just left Honolulu to attempt the English Channel. Mike Miller, a mild-mannered financial advisor, and his 18-year-old daughter are on their way to the White Cliffs of Dover when they will attempt to become the first father-daughter tandem to cross the English Channel.

"When you swim a channel like this you have one objective and that's to finish the swim," said Mike who knows well. Mike has shown his open water versatility by crossing the treacherous 27-mile Molokai Channel in Hawaii and the Catalina Channel as well as racing around New York in the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim, 25K races and the 9.6-mile Maui Channel.

In addition to training over 1,250 miles, largely in the warm tropical waters of Hawaii, the Millers trained in the sub 60-degree waters of San Francisco Bay where they both completed their requisite 6-hour training swim.

"I'll never forget Mackenzie jumping in and having trouble and asking, 'What are we doing this for?'" said Mike. The answer was easy: they are raising funds for the Pearl Harbor Memorial Fund and XTERRA Foundation, an organization that helps disadvantaged kids.

Click here for an interview by Mike.

We'll follow Mike and Mackenzie as they swim across the English Channel by locating them in real-time at English Channel Map.

Copyright © 2008 by World Open Water Swimming Association

No comments: