2 extraordinarily teams of 6 swimmers each, led by Chris Palfrey, Penny Palfrey and Julie Bradshaw, completed an unprecedented 126 km relay (78.2 miles) triple-crossing of Lake Taupo, the largest lake in New Zealand.
The men’s team finished in 33 hours 31 minutes 15 seconds while the women’s team was close behind in 33 hrs 33 min 45 secs. More details will be posted later at Michelle Macy’s website and Penny Palfrey’s blog.
The swimmers included Julie Bradshaw (England), Michelle Macy (USA), Barbara Pellick (Australia), Penny Palfrey (Australia), Lucy Roper (England) and Heather Osborn (New Zealand).
The men's team included Steve Junk (Australia), Mark Cockroft (New Zealand), Dougal Hunt (Australia), Chris Palfrey (Australia) and Stephen Spence (Australia).
New Zealand legend Philip Rush (shown above), the fastest person to ever complete a triple crossing of the English Channel, helped organize the record swim.
Photo of Lake Taupo sunset by Travelx2.
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