Avishag Turek Scores A 10 Across The Sea of Galilee

Courtesy of Guy Cohen, Sea of Galilee, Israel.

On May 5th, Avishag Turek completed her 10th ratified lengthwise crossing of the Sea of Galilee in Israel in 6 hours 19 minutes 15 seconds.

The Galilee Marathon Swimming Association ratified the crossing as the official return of marathon swimming in Israel following several weeks of mandatory lockdown,” reported Guy Cohen. “Israel started lifting its social and swimming restrictions on May 3rd.”

Turek was fast to get back in the water. Following the mandatory social distancing measures, Turek and her boat crew adhered to the Purple Label ordinance.

Turek said, “Weeks of confinement without decent training made [the crossing] a very tough and grueling swim for me. I was ready to quit at mid-point. But this swim was very important to me. It is a message of hope for all of us.

The new normal gives us the possibility to reunite with our passion. We can overcome this pandemic. So, I managed to overcome the breaking point and regained power to finish stronger on the second half of the swim. It was a great feeling of accomplishment and I am extremely happy for it.”

Turk started in the morning from Amnon Beach near Capernaum on the northern shore of the lake with the water temperature at 22C. She walked onshore at Zemach Beach on the south shore when the air temperature has risen to 29C. She was escorted by skipper Stas Schupek with observer Cohen.

For more information about the Galilee Marathon Swimming Association, visit here.

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