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Greg O'Connor

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Greg O'Connor after completing a 20-mile 11 hour 5 minute four-way crossing of Lake Willoughby in Vermont
Greg O'Connor, founder of the Massachusetts Open Water Swimming Association and the P2P Swim across the American Channel
First International Vampire Swims in Cork, Ireland envisioned by Jaimie Monahan, Greg O’Connor, and Phil White
Vermont Open Water Swimming Hall of Fame, Honor Marathon and Cold Water Swimmer and Contributor Administrator

Greg O'Connor is a 51-year-old American ice swimmer and marathon swimmer from Natick, Massachusetts.

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Greg O’Connor, 48 of Natick, Massachusetts, is a marathon swimmer, ice swimmer and contributor. For many years, O’Connor has been a charismatic organizer of Boston Light Swim, the oldest marathon swim in North America, one of the founders of the Massachusetts Open Water Swimming Association, a co-founder of Vampire Swim, and a regular L Street swimmer in Boston. He is an accomplished and recognized ultra-marathon swimmer, having completed the Catalina Channel, MIMS, END-WET, P2P across the Massachusetts Bay and set the co-record in the Boston Light 16-mile double crossing for which he has been acknowledged by IMSHOF and WOWSA. His quiet presence in Vermont has been central to the growth and success of open water swimming in Vermont. He was the very first person to sign up for the 10-mile Kingdom Swim in its inaugural year in 2009. He has been swimming and piloting patrol boats at Kingdom Swim regularly ever since. When Elaine Kornbau Howley helped establish In Search of Memphre in 2011 to re-launch international swimming in Lake Memphremagog, Greg was the second person to sign on for this 25-mile swim, and one of only four swimmers to complete the swim that first year, overcoming fierce headwinds throughout the night. He has been a pilot for The Search on numerous years since that inaugural swim. When winter swimming was launched in Vermont, Greg was there as one of the first swimmers to sign on and has been a strong force on the Organizing Committee of the Memphremagog Winter Swimming Festival, helping to assure that winter swimming in Vermont continued beyond its first year to become an annual event that continues to draw swimmers from all over North America and Europe.

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