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David Rich

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The Ancient Seven Seas by David Rich was nominated for the 2019 WOWSA Awards in the World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year category

David Rich is a 53-year-old American open water swimmer from San Francisco, California. A competitive pool swimmer since age 6, he transitioned to open water swimming when he started competing in triathlons in the late 1980's. Since then, he has been training and racing year round with the Dolphin Club in the San Francisco Bay, completing the distance from Alcatraz Island to San Francisco over 30 times.

2019 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year Nomination

David Rich’s Ancient Seven Seas concept was nominated for the 2019 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year award as follows:

The Oceans Seven is a difficult challenge that has attracted some of the world's foremost channel swimmers - only 18 have completed it to date. A new swim challenge, the Ancient Seven Seas offers a similar global concept with the goal of inspiring and expanding participation through more accessible marathon swims. At a minimum of 10 kilometers in each of the Ancient Seven Seas (Mediterranean Sea, Adriatic Sea, Aegean Sea, Black Sea, Red Sea, Arabian Sea, and North Sea), this unassisted solo challenge takes swimmers through the cradle of civilization with different cultures, religions and views. Lewis Pugh's original Seven Swims in the Seven Seas for 1 Reason, completed in 2014, was its inspiration. Swimmers can select and create their own preferred courses in the Seven Seas and do not necessarily need to be shore-to-shore or point-to-point. For building bridges with other cultures while interacting around a common love of the oceans and swimming; for creating a serious yet accessible marathon adventure, in terms of time and training, that enables more swimmers to participate; and for advancing the long history and concept of the Seven Seas, The Ancient Seven Seas challenge proposed by David Rich is a worthy nominee for the 2019 World Open Water Swimming Offering of the Year.

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