Kate Greene

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Kate Greene in Santa Cruz, Credit: Jessica McPeake
Kate Greene in Santa Cruz, Credit: Jessica McPeake
Kate Greene in Lake McDonald, Credit: Jill Schepmann
Kate Greene is an open water swimmer who won the initial Adventure Swim Contest organized by Jamie Patrick.

Kate Adventure Swim consists of many individual swims. She plans to swim her way across the United States by doing an open water swim in every American state between Tennessee and California. Greene will document her swims here.



Greene is a naturally inquisitive science and technology journalist, born and educated in Kansas who currently lives in Nashville, Tennessee. Previously the information technology editor with the highly touted MIT Technology Review magazine, Green is now a freelance writer who has written more than 350 stories about emerging technologies in areas that include computers, mobile devices, displays, communication networks, Internet startups and more.

She is technology trend-spotter, highlighting early work in Reality Mining, Plasmonics, Adaptable Networks, and Racetrack Memory, and has contributed to The Economist, U.S News & World Report, Gizmodo, New Scientist, Science News, SELF and other publications. She is writing a book with Nathan Eagle called Reality Mining: Using Big Data to Engineer a Better World (MIT Press) and is teaching a course on science and technology communication at Vanderbilt. Greene also shoots and edits video, speakes at technical events and conferences, and provides opinions and insight on emerging technologies and scientific research fields.

Swimming Career

The admittedly nerdy kid who studied chemistry in college and physics in graduate school wanted to learn to swim. She self-taught herself how to swim by watching every YouTube video she could find on technique. Within months, she had completed a 1.5-mile Alcatraz swim in San Francisco Bay, Thoreau’s Walden Pond in Concord, Massachusetts, a 1-mile crossing in the 48°F water Lake McDonald in Glacier National Park, a 4.5-mile race course in the Tennessee River.

Kate Adventure Swim

The Kate Adventure Swim is a cross-country swimming adventure from Nashville, Tennessee to San Francisco, California. She will do solo swims between 1-3 miles in in each state as she and her wife drive across the United States.


May 28: Percy Priest Lake, outside Nashville, TN
May 31: Mississippi River, outside Memphis, TN
June 1: Sardis Lake, outside Oxford, MS
June 3: Lake Pontchartrain, New Orleans, LA
June 6: Beaver Lake, Beaver Lake, AK
June 8: Missouri River, Kansas City, MO
June 10: Clinton Lake, Lawrence, KS (Kansas 70.3 Triathlon)
June 13: Kanopolis Lake, outside Ellsworth, KS
June 17: Boulder Reservoir, Boulder, CO
June 18: Green River, Green River, WY
June 19: Great Salt Lake, Salt Lake City, UT
June 22: Saguaro Lake, outside Phoenix, AZ
June 25: Salton Sea, Salton City, CA
June 26: La Jolla Cove, San Diego, CA
June 28: Millerton Lake, outside Fresno, CA
June 29: Aquatic Park, San Francisco, CA



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