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.
- 1 Athletic History + Marathon Swimming Career
- 2 North Channel Crossing
- 3 The Weather Channel - Top 10 Extreme Sports
- 4 Darren Miller on WOWSA Live
- 5 Winter Swimming Association
- 6 Event Director
- 7 Team Forever
- 8 Forever Fund
- 9 Motivational Speaking
- 10 Motivational Speaking Videos
- 11 2017 World's 50 Most Adventurous Open Water Men
- 12 Marathon Swim Stories
- 13 External links
Athletic History + Marathon Swimming Career
- October 2019: Cuyamaca 100km (California, USA)
- November 2016: Chimera 100m (California, USA)
- October 2016: JC Stone 50km (Pennsylvania, USA)
- August 2016: Viaduct Trail 50m (Pennsylvania, USA)
- June 2016: Mohican Trail 100m (Ohio, USA)
- June 2015: Sub-3 Marathon Challenge (Pennsylvania, USA)
- January 2015: Big Bend 50m (Texas, USA)
- September 2014: 24-Hour North Coast Endurance Run (Ohio, USA)
- August 2014: Northern Ireland Ultra 57m (Northern Ireland, UK)
- March 2014: Winter Swimming World Championships (Rovaniemi, Finland)
- On 17 April 2010, he finished 3rd in the 37 km Tampa Bay Marathon Swim in Florida in 11 hours 10 minutes at the age of 27.
- On 5 June 2010, he finished 4th in the 11.5 km Potomac River Swim from Virginia to Maryland in 3 hours 58 minutes at the age of 27.
- On 19 July 2010, he completed a 33.8 km crossing of the English Channel from England to France in 12 hours 4 minutes at the age of 27.
- On 3 August 2011, he completed a 32.3 km crossing of the Catalina Channel from Santa Catalina Island to the Southern California mainland in 9 hours 15 minutes 33 seconds at the age of 28.
- On 21 October 2011, he completed a 42 km crossing of the Molokai Channel from Molokai Island to Oahu in 12 hours 12 minutes at the age of 28 to set the record for American swimmers.
- On 3 May 2012, he completed a 14.4 km tandem crossing of the Strait of Gibraltar from Spain to Morocco in 3 hours 44 minutes at the age of 29.
- On 23 June 2012, he finished 7th in the 45.9 km Manhattan Island Marathon Swim in New York City in 8 hours 3 minutes at the age of 29 to complete the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming and the Grand Slam of Open Water Swimming.
- On 10 July 2012, he completed a 19.5 km crossing of the Tsugaru Channel from Honshu to Hokkaido in Japan in 15 hours 55 minutes at the age of 29.
- On 21 July 2012, he won the 43.5 km END-WET (Extreme North Dakota Watersports Endurance Test ) swim in the Red River from North Dakota to Minnesota in 9 hours 11 minutes at the age of 29.
- On 21 March 2013, he completed a 23 km crossing of the Cook Strait from North Island to South Island in 10 hours 42 minutes at the age of 29.
- On 3 May 2013, he finished 10th in the 22.8 km crossing on Apache Lake at the SCAR Swim Challenge in Arizona in 6 hours 20 minutes 50 seconds at the age of 30.
- On 4 May 2013, he finished 17th in the 9 km crossing of Roosevelt Lake at the SCAR Swim Challenge in Arizona in 3 hours 9 minutes 55 seconds at the age of 30.
- On 29 August 2013, he completed a 35 km crossing of the North Channel from Northern Ireland to Scotland in 11 hours 16 minutes at the age of 30 to achieve the Oceans Seven.
- January 2010: North Carolina Double-Century Cycling Race (North Carolina, USA)
- June 2009: Mohican Trail 50m (Ohio, USA)
- 2009/2015: Boston Marathon Qualifier
- 2008-2015: Multiple Marathon Road Races
- Miller is a lifetime member of the Santa Barbara Channel Swimming Association
- On 6 August 2017, he appeared on The Weather Channel program called Top Ten: Extreme Adventures
North Channel Crossing
The Weather Channel - Top 10 Extreme Sports
Darren Miller on the Oceans Seven
Darren Miller on WOWSA Live
Winter Swimming Association
- Miller is a co-founder and board member of the United States Winter Swimming Association together with R. Cristian Vergara, Melissa O’Reilly, Brad McVetta and Steven Munatones.
- Miller has participated in the Winter Swimming World Championships in Rovaniemi, Finland in 2014.
- Miller is a co-organizer of the first Winter Swimming Championship in Lake Memphremagog, Vermont in February 2015 together with Phil White, Janet Kylander Manning, R. Cristian Vergara, Melissa O’Reilly, and Brad McVetta. The Winter Swimming Championship in North America is held in accordance with rules of the International Winter Swimming Association and organized in collaboration with Kingdom Games with the assistance of Mariia Yrjö-Koskinen and Aleksandr Jakovlevs of the International Winter Swimming Association.
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.
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 (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!”
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
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
- The History and Future of the Kaiwi Channel Association
- The Remarkably Inspirational Advice of Darren Miller on WOWSA Live
- Tattoos In The Open Water
- Shannon House Keegan Talks Marathon Swimming Stories
- Swimming Out Of Your Comfort Level
- Thomas Pembroke On The Ability To Do More On WOWSA Live
- Darren Miller Discusses Pushing Barriers On WOWSA Live
- Cameron Bellamy To Give WOWSA Talk At Olympic Club
- Darren Miller, Intensity Defined
- Nora Toledano Cadena Achieves The Oceans Seven
- Mariel Hawley Dávila Achieves The Oceans Seven
- Newest Guinness World Records Holders In The Open Water
- Swim For Her
- Fastest Times Of The Grand Slam Of Open Water Swimming
- Marathoning With Masayuki Moriya
- Renaissance Men In The Contemporary Open Water World
- Sink, Save Or Swim: What To Do In A Shipwreck?
- Attila Mányoki Completes Oceans Seven With A North Channel Crossing
- 2017 World's 50 Most Adventurous Open Water Men
- Santa Barbara Channel Swimming Association
- Darren Miller Official Website
- Darren Miller on Facebook
- Darren Miller on Twitter
- Don't Wait To The END
- Swimmers Head to END to Mighty Red River
- Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming
- In The END, Darren Miller Was All WET
- Oceans Seven List - September 2012
- It's Miller Time, Motivating Many
- Expect The Unexpected With Predictable Unpredictability
- Tackling The Tsugaru
- Tsugaru Channel Swimming Association
- Open Water Swimming
- Marathon Swimming
- World Marathon Swimming Association
- We Have All Been Given So Much In Our Lives
- Nothing Can Compare In A Bold Step Forward
- Craig Lenning Descends From Mountains To Cook
- Darren Miller Working On A 6-Pack In Cook Strait
- Craig Lenning Takes The 5th In The Cook Strait
- Darren Miller Completes 6th Swim In The Oceans Seven
- Darren Miller's Rock Solid Six Pack
- Tom Hanks, Shrimp, And Squid In The Open Water
- When East And West Meet At The Seashore
- Greatest Feeling In The World Outside Your Comfort Zone
- Ka'iwi Channel Swim, Ready For An Epic Undertaking
- Positive Reinforcement Verbally In The Open Water
- Swimming Without A Wetsuit Is Like...
- The Feeling Of Finishing, From Fatigue To Felicity
- Perfect Conclusion: Darren Miller Achieves The Oceans Seven
- Darren Miller's Experience In The North Channel
- Eating Right
- Darren Miller On The Difficulties Of The Oceans Seven
- Duty Of Care At Start & Finish Of The North Channel
- Eloquently Explaining The 'Why' Of Open Water Swimming
- Swimming And Storytelling To Inspire The Next Generation
- Darren Miller, Larger Than Life
- 2013 World Open Water Swimming Offering Of The Year Nominees
- Masayuki Moriya Navigating The Pacific With Ocean-navi
- Está Bien...A 4-Wide Across The Strait Of Gibraltar
- Rafael Gutiérrez Mesa, A Cross-Continental Champion
- Crews Are Made of Special People
- The Back Story Of Jamie Patrick's Great Lake Swim
- 100 New Year's Resolutions For Open Water Swimmers
- Ka’iwi Channel Swim 2.0, Insanely Interesting
- The Admiral of The Channel
- Top 25 Individuals In Openwaterpedia
- Darren Miller To Give Keynote Speech At Penn State
- 4 Long Days, 4 Longer Swims For Kristin Jones
- Arizona S.C.A.R. Swim Challenge Facebook page
- Highlights And History Of the Ka'iwi Channel
- Renaissance Men In The Open Water World
- Swimming For The Third Boat
- Results And Report Of The 2014 END-WET
- Triple Crowners Showcase Their Fountain Of Youth - Age of Triple Crowners
- Where Greatness Is The Standard
- Kimberley Chambers Achieves Oceans Seven
- Municipal Waterways Enable Urban Swimming
- Triumphant Test, Trio Tries 30 In Three Rivers
- United States Winter Swimming Association
- Kingdom Games
- Cold, Icy And Happy At The Winter Swimming Championship
- White Winter Wonderland In America
- International Winter Swimming Association Facebook page
- Stay Thirsty With The Most Interesting Men In The World
- Every Breath A Gift On Land And In The Water
- The Why's Of Swimming In Really Cold Water
- Re-invention Through Butterfly, Making Up For Lost Time
- What Is The Pitch For Swimming In America?
- Triathletes Challenged To Sub-3² Marathon
- What You Can, While You Can
- Darren Miler Laces Up Shoes, Suit For Sub-32 Marathon
- Or Swim. What Can You Do In A Shipwreck?
- Darren Miller's Sub-3² Attempt Ends Up A Winning Cause
- Five To Swim Three Rivers
- Sarah Thomas, John Humenik Set Record In 3RMS
- Detective Katie Benoit To Attempt Biathlon Marathon
- Katie Benoit Has An Excellent Swim Day
- Mányoki Manhandles Molokai
- Smiling In The Bay
- Are You A Better Runner Or A Better Swimmer?
- Three Rivers Marathon Swim Alumni Relay
- World Open Water Swimming Association
- Open Water Swimming
- ACNEG Inducted In The Marathon Swimming Hall Of Fame]
- Nominations Called For END-WET Marathon Adventure
- Darren Miller Reaches Out Three Times Over
- When Weather Slowed Darren Miller Down, But Not Out
- The Daily Habits And Lifestyles of Open Water Swimmers
- Tough Tenacious Triumphant Toño, Argüelles' Oceans Seven
- Top Ten Extreme Adventures On The Weather Channel
- Thrice As Nice On The Three Rivers Marathon Swim
- Ion Lazarenco Tiron, Oceans Seven First From Moldavia
- One More Becomes Nine In The Oceans Seven
- Abhejali Bernardová Becomes 10th Oceans Seven Swimmer
- Will You Still Be Swimming In The Year 2050?
- Sandra Frimerman-Bergquist Gets To End First
- Will Cameron Bellamy Become #11?
- Rob Cooney, Thomas Minnock Cross Lake Erie
- Ben Lecomte To Speak From The Middle Of The Pacific
- Marathon Swimmers Federation bio