Southern California Public Radio: Swimmers face dark, cold ocean in 20-mile swim from Catalina to Palos Verdes

Interview with Kerry Yonushonis, who completed her Catalina Channel swim Sunday morning, and raised funraised for NoticeAbility

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Catalina Island is a popular Southern California day trip. Catch a ferry to the island, and in about an hour, you're there, looking back at the mainland about 20 miles away. But Catalina is also a destination for a feat of athletic endurance: a very long, cold, dark ocean swim from the island back to the shores of Palos Verdes.

Few attempt this swim, because it is not easy. The water is cold, and no wetsuits are allowed for an official attempt. Swimmers make the journey overnight, only with the light from glowsticks until the sun rises. They're accompanied by a support boat and crew, including pacers and kayakers, and they're allowed to eat and drink regularly.

Besides that—and the occasional wildlife encounter—it's just them and twenty miles of open ocean.

Take Two's Libby Denkmann spoke to two marathon swimmers. Kerry Yonushonis, who completed her Catalina Channel swim Sunday morning, and Natalie Radtke of Hermosa Beach. Radtke helped pace Yonushonis during her swim, and she will be doing her own solo Catalina Channel swim Tuesday night.

Listen and read the full article here: http://www.scpr.org/programs/take-two/2016/08/09/51122/swimmers-face-dark-cold-ocean-in-20-mile-swim-from/