Brothers plan Tahoe ultra swim
On Aug. 9, Matt Evans and his younger brother, John, will embark on what will be perhaps the first ever ultra-swim circumnavigation of Lake Tahoe.
But the Evans brothers are not in it for the record.
The two are trying to raise $10,000 – $5,000 each for the League to Save Lake Tahoe and The Pet Network of Incline Village.
According to Matt, they are already on their way, having raised approximately $1,000 for each charity so far.
The plan was hatched last summer, and while the duo won’t be swimming non-stop, they will be making the journey over approximately six consecutive days.
The plan is to start from Incline Village ” most likely Chimney Creek or Hidden Beach ” and travel counterclockwise around the lake. With one brother paddling a kayak and the other swimming, switching off every hour or so.
The kayak will contain all of the food and supplies the two will need for the trip.
They plan on being totally self sufficient for the 70 mile swim. They won’t be supported, they will carry their own gear and they will camp along the way, practicing zero-impact camping.
Currently, Matt is working on collecting all the gear the two will need for navigation as well as travel. The elder brother is also training, having finished eighth overall in the Trans-Tahoe Swim last weekend.
According to Matt, his younger brother hasn’t been training as much, with the Arizona bar exams coming up and a wife who is six months pregnant, he’s got his hands full.
Matt says he might have to swim a little extra for his little brother, but that he feels confident in their fitness.
“I think we’re ready,” Evans said.
Matt and John have been visiting Tahoe for a few years now, and both have been avid swimmers most of their lives, competing competitively through the college level and most currently in masters programs.
In fact, two days prior to their August 9 circumnavigation departure date, the brothers will be competing in the Masters World Championship 50-meter breast stroke at Stanford University.
“That one will be over in about 30-seconds,” Evans said. “Then we’ll come up here for the ultimate six-day distance.”
Most ultra swimming purists say that ultra swimmers must not wear wetsuits, something that the Evans brothers will be wearing for their swim, but since the two are not concerned with records or titles they figure it’ll be a lot more comfortable to be in the water all day with some neoprene on.
The event is part fundraiser, part fun and part celebration. John will hopefully, according to his older brother, be passing the Arizona bar exam in the beginning of August, after which the two will embark on their landmark adventure.
To find out how to donate to the League to Save Lake Tahoe or the Pet Network for their cause, visit the brothers’ website at http://www.ultraswimtahoe.homestead.com.
And between the ninth of August and the fourteenth, if you see two fellows swimming just off shore, cheer them on.
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