World by Road Collective Speaking Series
Third Presentation: December 4th, 2012 7pm
Swimming Through the Unimaginable
In conjunction with Colorado Gives Day and ICOSA, The World by Road is happy to present the unbelievable stories of a group of Colorado based open-water endurance swimmers who thrive in waters cold enough to kill most people on contact. The group includes:
Craig is a renowned American marathon swimmer and is a member of the prestigious Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming which entails successfully crossing the English Channel, the Catalina Channel, the Tsugaru Channel and the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim. Craig has also completed one of the world’s most difficult marathon swims; the North Channel and is the first American to have done so and and only one of 13 people to have successfully crossed this treacherous stretch of water. Craig is comfortable in waters of all temperatures, having won the 24-mile Tampa Bay Marathon Swim, but as a member of the International Ice Swimming Association, he prefers the cold, and recently completed a solo crossing of Lake Tahoe wearing just a speedo, cap and goggles in the 50 degree water.
Jeff grew up in Southern California and Colorado Springs and was a member of the last Men’s Swim Team at Colorado State University. After taking a 20 plus year break from swimming, Jeff started again at the age of 43 and his first, open water swim was the Horsetooth 10 K in 2004. Since then, Jeff has successfully completed the Catalina Crossing in 2005 and 2010 and attempted the English Channel in 2006.
Joe discovered exercising in the great outdoors in his mid-twenties when he moved to sunny Colorado. Since then, Jeff has completed 13 marathons, three Ironmans and more recently picked up marathon swimming, having already notched holes for Horsetooth, Alcatraz, LaJolla, Manhattan Island Marathon Swim and the English Channel in his belt.
Cliff grew up in the beach communities of Southern California and has swam competitively since the age of 9. Living for years in such close proximity to the ocean, Cliff has always enjoyed the beach lifestyle, including open water ocean swimming. Cliff currently trains with Foothills Masters in Littleton, and enjoys training in Colorado’s beautiful mountain lakes from May to October. Cliff’s marathon swims include the Horsetooth 10K (2009), Catalina Channel (2010 and 2011), Manhattan Island Marathon Swim (2011), and Lake Tahoe (2012).
Sarah Thomas grew up in Texas, where she started swimming at the age of 10. After high school, she attended the University of Connecticut, where she swam distance all four years. After college, Sarah moved to Colorado to attend the University of Denver for graduate school. Always loving the sport of swimming, Sarah joined a masters swim team where she met people who were doing open water races; something she’d never done. In August 2007, Sarah competed her first 10k open water swim in Fort Collins and fell in love with open water swimming. Increasing distances to channel swimming just naturally followed!
ICOSA Media Headquarters
4100 Jackson Street, Denver, CO 80216 (7pm)
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Second Presentation: October 11th, 2012 7pm
We are extremely excited to welcome Jason Lewis to Denver. Jason is an award-winning adventurer, author, and environmental activist specializing in human-powered expeditions. In 2007, he became the first person to circumnavigate the Earth without using motors or sails: walking, cycling, and inline skating five continents, and kayaking, swimming, rowing, and pedaling a boat across the rivers, seas, and oceans. Taking thirteen years to complete, the 46,505-mile journey was hailed “the last great first for circumnavigation” by the London Sunday Times, and The Daily Mail has called Jason “arguably, the most remarkable adventurer in the world today.”
Salvagetti Bicycle Workshop
3800 Irving St, Denver, CO 80211 (7pm)
First Presentation: May 21st, 2012 7pm
Colorado is packed with incredible people. Climbers, athletes, entrepreneurs, and more live in Colorado or pass through it regularly. Colorado is home to the fifth busiest airport in the United States and a hub of transit in the USA, but Denver has become more than just a historic crossroads for people heading east or west. It’s a destination that continues to be a meeting place for many interesting and inspiring people. Whether it is the proximity to incredible wilderness or the crisp mountain air that brings people to Denver, The World by Road Collective has decided it is time to hear the stories of some of these amazing individuals.
Starting May 21st, 2012, the Collective will be hosting monthly speakers presenting on a wide range of topics from wild adventures around the world to innovations in their fields; in some cases the speakers will be a combination of both. The presentations will be hosted in bars and restaurants around Denver keeping the atmosphere fun and informal and allowing the audience to mingle with the speakers after their presentations.
The first speaker is Boris Mordkovich, a serial entrepreneur and cyclist. Boris is making his way across the USA on an electric bicycle produced by EVELO, a company he started with his brother in NYC. Boris has accomplished many great things already including the launch of RelayRides, the world’s first person-to-person carsharing organization, which gathered a $13M investment from Google and has expanded to multiple cities across the US. Beyond his business endeavors Boris also completed a 27,000 km journey from Cape Town to London by Land Rover and crossed New Zealand by bicycle in 2008. Boris brings his unique story with him to Denver while he takes a quick break from his current journey across the USA: The Trans-American Electric Bike Tour