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Hatboro Y swimmers take part in English Channel Lap Challenge



Barbara Samuel was the first swimmer at the Hatboro Area YMCA to complete the English Channel Lap Challenge. She swam 21 miles in the pool, roughly the same distance of open water from the coastline of England to the coastline of France.

Every year swimmers from around the world take part in the English Channel swim.
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Since 1875, people of all ages have challenged themselves to swim the roughly 21 miles distance of open water from the coastline of England to the coastline of France.

This year, several members of the Hatboro Area YMCA are attempting to accomplish a similar goal by taking part in the English Channel Lap Challenge. The challenge is a fun, in pool fundraiser where participants earn money by swimming laps in the pool. From now through May 31 swimmers need to complete 21 miles of swimming.

Barbara Samuel was the first swimmer to complete the challenge and did it in 27 days.

Although she has now completed her 21 miles, she continues to swim laps at the Hatboro branch to raise funds for the 2018 Annual Campaign. Other Y swimmers are currently working their way toward the finish line as they strive to complete all 21 miles before May 31. They are committed to both supporting a great cause while challenging themselves to try something new.

Gary Chamberlain, the Y’s executive director, said, “All donations raised during the event will go toward the 2018 YMCA Annual Campaign, the campaign that funds the Y’s financial assistance program, making it possible for the Y to serve the community. Every dollar is used to support a child, family or individual in need and no one is ever turned away because of an inability to pay. Through events like the English Channel Lap Challenge, the Hatboro Area Y continues to raise funds towards its $120,000 goal for 2018.”

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