“After traveling from Los Angeles and then getting on a 6 am boat ride to the island of Trabaca, I was a bit sleepy and jet lagged,” explained Kelly. “But once I was in the 22ºC (71ºF) water that was very calm, I felt fine.” Not surprisingly for the American professional marathon swimmer who may log as many as 200,000 air miles in a calendar year – a little over 8 times around the Earth.
Lizano won overall in 4 hours 50 minutes while Kelly was not far behind in 4 hours 52 minutes. Jose Luis Larossa was third overall in 5 hours 7 minutes.
34 finishers, including disabled athletes, start on the island of Tabarca and were escorted by their own private kayaker.
“My kayaker was very awesome English-speaking girl named Rachel,” says Kelly. “She was really helpful. She and the other kayakers paddled out to the island which was about 5 km off the coast. Then the swimmers were boated out from a different point about 8 or 9 km. We swam from the island to the main city of Alicante.”
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