Big River Man Martin Strel Swims From Statue of Liberty to Freedom Tower

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On September 5th, 2012 the inaugural “Liberty to Freedom Swim”, dedicated to peace and freedom throughout the world, will take place in New York Harbor.

Big River Man Martin Strel will attempt a never before done open water Swim from the Statue of Liberty to the Freedom Tower this Wednesday morning, September 5th, at 9:30 AM.

The route connects the symbol for a future of liberty from oppression to the symbol for a future free from terror, and symbol of peace.

Martin Strel is one of the leading long distance swimmers in the world, with numerous long distance world records and firsts including swimming the length of the Amazon, The Mississippi and the Yangtze rivers (see : and He is featured in the documentary “Big River Man” and is a frequent speaker at events around the globe related to peace and clean water. His Liberty to Freedom Swim on September 5th will commemorate the 10 year anniversary of his swim down the Mississippi.

“This September will be 10 years since I finished my Mississippi River Swim ‐ 2360 miles. I dedicated this Swim to the people that died on 9/11.”

Deanne Draeger is the founder of Urban Swim, an organization focused on making urban waterways accessible to swimmers. She believes that engagement drives participation in supporting efforts to make water clean enough to play in.

“Martin and Urban Swim share the goal of raising awareness of the importance of clean water through open water swimming. We are proud to support him in his first Swim in New York Harbor.”

Urban Swim is proud to invite you to join us in this inaugural event.

To arrange for embedded media during the event, or other press opportunities before and after the event please contact: Deanne Draeger 646‐408‐5843 /

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