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Darren Miller

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Darren Miller by Dan Speicher Photography
Darrent Miller is listed in the 2020 Guinness World Record book as the youngest person to achieve the Oceans Seven
Darren Miller winning the 2012 END-WET marathon swim from North Dakota to Minnesota down the mighty Red River
Penn State Altoona commencement speaker and Oceans Seven swimmer Darren Miller, photo courtesy of Steve Haumschild in the Molokai Channel
Darren Miller in Keystone Lake - Derry, Pennsylvania
Cathy and Darren presenting check on behalf of Team Forever to the Forever Fund at the Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh.
Jen Schumacher, Jamie Patrick, Oliver Wilkinson and Darren on African soil after the Strait of Gibraltar.
Hale O Lono Harbor, Molokai, Hawaii
Darren Miller's course across the Tsugaru Channel starting in Kodomari, Japan on Honshu and finishing near Shirakami Misaki on Hokkaido
Three Rivers Marathon Swim, a charity swim in Pennsylvania, hosted by Darren Miller

Darren Miller is an American motivational speaker, race director, and marathon swimmer from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. who became the second man, second American, and fourth person overall to achieve the Oceans Seven. Miller was the first swimmer in history to achieve the feat on all first attempts. Darren Miller was named one of the 101 Movers And Shakers In The Open Water Swimming World by the Daily News of Open Water Swimming for 2013 and received a nomination for the 2013 World Open Water Swimming Man of the Year Award. Miller, along with Sarah Thomas, won the Barra Award in 2013 by voting members of the Marathon Swimmers Forum. He is a founding board member of the U.S. Winter Swimming Association that sanctions the first Winter Swimming Championship in North America and a lifetime member of the Santa Barbara Channel Swimming Association.

Athletic History + Marathon Swimming Career

North Channel Crossing

The Weather Channel - Top 10 Extreme Sports


Darren Miller on the Oceans Seven

Darren Miller on WOWSA Live


with International Marathon Swimming Hall of Fame chairman Ned Denison

Winter Swimming Association

Event Director

Miller has organized and hosted the Three Rivers Marathon Swim, a 30 km marathon swim since 2014. The course includes a 10 km marathon swim in the Ohio River, Allegheny River, and Monongahela Rivers. Information and past results available through Miller's website.

Team Forever

Miller is swimming to benefit his non-profit, Team Forever and the Forever Fund, a fund he co-founded that aids families in their struggle to afford the costs associated with infant cardiothoracic surgery at the UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. Charitable donations may be made at Miller's website. Miller is fully-sponsored in his journey by Trustmont Financial Group, therefore allowing 100% of all donations to go back to the Forever Fund.

Miller is the race director and founder of the UPMC Children's Hospital Foundation 5K Open Water Challenge which is held annually at Keystone State Park in Derry, Pennsylvania, and the Three Rivers Marathon Swim in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The races benefit the Forever Fund at the UPMC Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh.

Miller is also a professional speaker, and raises additional money for the Forever Fund through speaking to corporate events, university and other organizations. His motto, "Every Breath A Gift", is the motivating force behind his desire to push the boundaries of what is possible, and inspire the youth of our nation to challenge themselves to see what they can achieve.

Forever Fund

Forever (Forever Fund & Team Forever) is a song by the Dropkick Murphys which has always reminded Miller of his grandmother - someone who inspires Miller to live the best life he can. She taught Miller that success has nothing to do with one's pocketbook, but by how you treat someone who can do you absolutely no good. Miller have realized that life is short through the loss of several friends due to drugs and violence. We doesn’t have time to waste because we never know when the Lord will call us home!”

Motivational Speaking

Miller works to inspire and motivate young adults through motivational speaking engagements centered on doing “what you can, while you can.” Miller gives motivational speeches to groups up to 5,000. Every Breath A Gift is an established professional speaking sole proprietorship which leverages acquired concepts by way of a decade of business and endurance athletics to present powerful seminars to motivate and inspire. A focus on an established, and tested notion of the ‘Third Boat’ allows the audience to visualize and attain their passions in life - harnessing them to assist others by becoming a stronger, more relentless individual.

Motivational Speaking Videos

2017 World's 50 Most Adventurous Open Water Men

Miller was named to the World's 50 Most Adventurous Open Water Men in 2017 (alphabetized by last name) by the World Open Water Swimming Association:

1. Dr. Doron Amosi, extreme relay/cross-border swimmer from Israel
2. Antonio Argüelles Díaz-González, channel swimmer and endurance athlete from Mexico
3. Cyril Baldock, marathon/channel swimmer from Australia
4. Ram Barkai, administrator, event organizer and ice swimmer from South Africa
5. John Batchelder, butterflying marathon swimmer from USA
6. Nejib Belhedi, marathon/stage/boat pull swimmer from Tunisia
7. Alexander Brylin, channel ice swimmer from Russia
8. Luc Chetboun, extreme relay/cross-border swimmer from Israel
9. Salvatore Cimmino, amputee advocate and marathon/extreme swimmer from Italy
10. Jean Craven, marathon/extreme swimmer from South Africa
11. Ned Denison, IMSHOF administrator and marathon/ice swimmer from Ireland
12. Craig Dietz, disabled open water swimmer from USA
13. Ben Enosh, extreme relay/cross-border swimmer from Israel/USA
14. Udi Erell, extreme relay/cross-border swimmer from Israel
15. Stephen Junk, channel swimmer from Australia
16. Henri Kaarma, event organizer and ice swimmer from Estonia
17. Ger Kennedy, ice, underwater and extreme swimmer from Ireland
18. Craig Lenning, marathon/channel/ice swimmer from the USA
19. Neil Macaskill, extreme/cross-border swimmer from South Africa
20. Pádraig Mallon, escort pilot, event organizer and marathon/channel/ice swimmer from Ireland
21. Ingemar Patiño Macarine, channel/marathon swimmer from the Philippines
22. Andrew Malinak, administrator and cold water/marathon/channel swimmer from the USA
23. Chris Marthinusen, extreme/high-altitude swimmer from South Africa
24. Patrick McKnight, marathon/channel swimmer from the USA
25. Allan McLeland, Peak and Pond swimmer/climber from the USA
26. Darren Miller, channel swimmer and event director from the USA
27. Rohan More, marathon/channel swimmer from India
28. Gullupilli Narhari, extreme relay swimmer from India
29. Matías Ola, event organizer and ice/extreme swimmer from Argentina
30. Kieron Palframan, ice/extreme swimmer from South Africa
31. James Pittar, blind marathon/channel swimmer from Australia
32. Javier Mérida Prieto, disabled Triple Crown swimmer from Spain
33. Lewis Pugh OIG, ocean advocate and ice/extreme swimmer from the UK
34. Oded Rahav, extreme relay/cross-border swimmer from Israel
35. Stephen Redmond, channel/marathon swimmer from Ireland
36. Adrian Sarchet, marathon/channel swimmer from Guernsey
37. Ori Sela, extreme relay/cross-border swimmer from Israel
38. Dan Simonelli, coach/guide/observer and marathon/channel swimmer from the USA
39. Paramvir Singh, extreme relay swimmer from India
40. Albert Sobirov, ice swimmer from Russia
41. Petar Stoychev, marathon/channel/ice/Olympic swimmer from Bulgaria
42. Ryan Stramrood, ice/extreme swimmer from South Africa
43. Martin Strel, marathon/stage swimmer from Slovenia
44. Dr. Otto Thaning, channel/marathon swimmer from South Africa
45. Jacques Tuset, prison island swimmer from France
46. Toks Viviers, ice/extreme swimmer from South Africa
47. Adam Walker, coach, event organizer, and channel swimmer from England
48. Christof Wandratsch, event organizer and ice/marathon/channel/professional swimmer from Germany
49. Brenton Williams, event organizer and butterfly ocean swimmer from South Africa
50. Herman van der Westhuizen, extreme high-altitude swimmer from South Africa

Marathon Swim Stories

He appeared with Shannon House Keegan on Marathon Swim Stories.

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