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Danville man to attempt 44-mile, dual swim of Lake Tahoe

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File PhotoKen Harmon of Danville, Calif., raises his arms to the cheers of more than 200 people in Incline Village as he completes his 22-mile Tahoe swim in 2005. On Aug. 21, Harmon will attempt to swim two lengths of Tahoe for charities.
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On Saturday, Aug. 21, Ken Harmon of Danville, Calif., will take on the Ultimate Tahoe Challenge. Harmon will attempt a round-trip dual length swim of Lake Tahoe, dubbed a andamp;#8220;down and back.andamp;#8221; Harmon will make the swim without a wetsuit. Departing in the late afternoon from Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa andamp; Casino’s private beach at Incline Village, he will swim nonstop through the night to Camp Richardson on the southern shore of Lake Tahoe, a distance of 22 miles. He will exit the water for just 10 minutes before taking the plunge one more time for the 22-mile swim back to the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe. andamp;#8220;I turned 50 years old this year,andamp;#8221; said Harmon, andamp;#8220;and I thought this would be a good way to celebrate.andamp;#8221;Harmon is a veteran open-water swimmer with an impressive resume of completed challenges, including the 22-mile Tahoe swim in 2005, which he completed in 11 hours and 19 minutes. Harmon has taken on a tremendous training regimen preparing for the swim, all for a good cause. He will attempt to complete the swim in approximately 24 hours to raise funds for three nonprofit organizations andamp;#8212; Best Buddies International, The Down Syndrome Network of Northern Nevada and the Karen Gaffney Foundation, led by long distance swimmer Karen Gaffney.Harmon and Gaffney will join together to create awareness for individuals with intellectual and other disabilities by making this round-trip swim. Harmon and Gaffney met in 2007 when Harmon helped Gaffney train to swim the 9-mile width of Lake Tahoe, which she completed in 2007 in 6 hours and 13 minutes. Gaffney is the only swimmer with Down syndrome to complete a solo swim across the width of Tahoe.andamp;#8212; This article was e-mailed to Sports Editor Sylas Wright at swright@sierrasun.com.