Go The Distance

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noun - Go The Distance (GTD) is an annual fitness program offered by U.S. Masters Swimming. Thousands of members participate annually who have collectively logged a total of more than one billion yards for the year (over 577,000 miles). Members can track their pool or open water swimming distance swum as well as their own fitness activities including running and cycling.

GTD is a self-directed program intended to encourage Masters swimmers to regularly exercise and track their progress. There is no time limit for the distance milestones, except that they must be achieved in each calendar year. Speed does not count - just the effort to attain whatever goal you set for yourself.

GTD is on the honor system. Each athlete tracks the distance they swim daily, weekly, or monthly on their online Fitness Log (FLOG). When certain milestones are achieved, ranging from 50 miles through 1500 miles, the athlete is recognized on the U.S. Masters Swimming website and will receive special prizes from Nike Swim.

There is no cost to enter GTD. Registration is through the My USMS section of the USMS website. The FLOG allows athletes to track all their fitness activities, not just swimming as they simultaneously participate in GTD.

[edit] Recent Winners

2007: Carrie Kostopulos 1803.56 miles (2901 km)
2008: Carrie Kostopulos-Doebler 2000.32 miles (3218 km)
2009: Don Tatzin 1543.21 miles (2485 km)
2010: Don Tatzin 1,789.18 (2879 km)
2011: Don Tatzin 1,731 miles (2781 km)
2012: Timothy Martin 2,039 miles (3,281 km)

[edit] 2012 Top GTD Swimmers

The number of swimmers who trained over 1,000 miles in 2012 are listed below:

1. Timothy Martin (47) 2,039 miles (3,281 km)
2. John Kuzmkowski (58) 1,700 miles (2,735 km)
3. Don Tatzin (60) 1,524 (2,452 km)
4. Robert Young (55) 1,503 miles (2,418 km)
5. Charlotte Brynn (46) 1,325 miles (2,132 km)
6. Charley Young (25) 1,243 miles (2,000 km)
7. Susan Preston (50) 1,230 miles (1,979 km)
8. Lexie Kelly (26) 1,212 miles (1,950 km)
9. Shirley Loftus-Charley (61) 1,202 miles (1,934 km)
10. Brian McLaughlin (57) 1,201 miles (1,932 km)
11. Harriet Wall (70) 1,180 miles (1,899 km)
12. Jean Carlson (50) 1,141 miles (1,836 km)
13. Thomas Schwartz (52) 1,131 miles (1,820 km)
14. Cheryl Reinke (48) 1,126 miles (1,812 km)
15. Melodee Nugent (45) 1,121 miles (1,804 km)
16. Larry Hartley (52) 1,113 miles (1,791 km)
17. Harm-Jan Steenhuis (45) 1,098 miles (1,767 km)
18. Lena Mughannam (38) 1,019 miles (1,639 km)
19. Charles Dean (46) 1,009 miles (1,623 km)
20. David Eng (54) 1,003 miles (1,614 km)
21. William Reeves (59) 1,001.31 (1,610 km)
22. Lynn Kubasek (54) 1,001.07 miles (1,610 km)
23. Victoria Rian (46) 1,000 miles (1,609 km)

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