SPOKESMAN REVIEW'S - MAN SWIMS 23-MILE LENGTH OF IDAHO'S PRIEST LA

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By Eli Francovich 

 

There is a point in any endurance sport – once the muscles have loosened and the seconds have blended into minutes and then, even, hours – that the world condenses, and awareness is reduced to only the next step, stroke or pedal.

 

Ned Hastings knows this better than most.

 

“It really turned into a Zen thing,” he said. “A spiritual thing.”

 

On July 21, Hastings spent 14 hours and 24 minutes swimming the length of Upper Priest Lake and Priest Lake. The 54-year-old from the Tri-Cities swam the 24 miles without touching the ground or resting on any flotation device.

 

He’s the first person to do so, as far as he knows and according to a database of distance swims maintained by the Marathon Swimmers Federation.

 

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