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Strive Challenge

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Adrian Grenier to participate in the Strive Challenge across the Strait of Messina in Italy

The Strive Challenge or the Strive Swim is a one-way crossing of the Strait of Messina by American actor Adrian Grenier and entrepreneur billionaire Richard Branson.


  • Coach: Bruckner Chase
  • Crossing Organizer: Nino Fazio
  • Event Organizer: Cassie Down of Threshold Sports
  • Member: Marion Bartoli

Strait of Messina[edit]

The Strait of Messina (Stretto di Messina in Italian, Strittu di Missina in Sicilian or the Messina Strait) is the narrow waterway between the eastern tip of Sicily and the southern tip of Calabria in southern Italy. It connects the Tyrrhenian Sea with the Ionian Sea within the central Mediterranean Sea. At its narrowest point, it measures 3.1 km (1.9 miles) in width, though near the town of Messina the width is some 5.1 km (3.2 miles) with a maximum depth is 250 meters (830 feet). The strait is characterized by strong tidal currents, that established a unique marine ecosystem. A natural whirlpool in the Northern portion of the strait has been linked to the Greek legend of Scylla and Charybdis.

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