Diana Nyad To Swim 48 Hours For Sandy Relief

by Solange Castellar

Last month, we reported on Diana Nyad’s incredible 110-mile swim from Cuba to Florida. Now Nyad is doing something even cooler: she’s swimming for Superstorm Sandy relief. Diana certainly doesn’t cease to amaze us!

As a part of “Nyad: Swim for Relief,” Nyad will be in New York City, swimming a total of 48 continuous hours in order to raise funds for the AmeriCares Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund. Her cause certainly doesn’t come as a surprise: Last year’s Superstorm hit close to home for the long distance swimmer. Nyad told CBSNews.com, “I’m from New York and last year I was in town right after Sandy hit…You could feel such tremendous compassion for people.” 

The event will be taking place from October 8th– October 10th (tomorrow!). According to the details on Nyad’s “Swim For Relief” website, a 40-yard, two-lane pool will be installed in Herald Square. P&G brands, like Tide and Secret, will be underwriting the production costs for Nyad’s swim. Check out video below to learn more about her swim:

Nyad is one tough cookie! As CBS reports, Nyad’s estimated swim distance will be 96 miles. CBS also notes that Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte, actress Nikki Reed, and comedian Michael Ian Black will be a part of the two-day swim. 

To donate, or find out how you can help Nyad’s Swim For Relief, pop over to her site

Thanks to CBS and Crowdrise

Image via CBS, Video via YouTube

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