Kent Solheim is raising funds for Gold Star Teen Adventures and is a part of the Gold Star Teen Adventure 50 KM Freedom Swim Team. Starting on 10 November and ending on 11 November 2013 (Veterans Day), Solheim and seven other open water swimmers will swim a 24-hour charity relay with the goal of swimming at least 50 km (31.68 miles) in 24 hours. Each swimmer will swim a minimum of four miles.
Solheim has served in the United States Army for more than 18 years and has deployed six times in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM and Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. He was wounded in July 2007 in Iraq when he sustained three gunshot wounds to his legs and one gunshot wound to his left shoulder. He lost his right leg as a result of his injuries. Kent knows he is fortunate to have survived his battlefield wounds and is committed to providing opportunities for the children of Fallen American Service Members. He looks forward to honoring those that paid the ultimate price and their children through this event.
He has been both a competitive cyclist and runner. He began competitive road cycling when he was 16 years old, winning a Regional Cycling Championship, placing 5th in the Ontario Provincial Road Racing Championships and competing in the 1992 Cycling Olympic Trials. After joining the Army, Kent ran for the Fort Hood/III Corps 10-mile running team. He competed in a number of distance races ranging from 5km to a full marathon. He also began competing in triathlons and adventure racing including sprint and Olympic distance triathlons, winning a Regional XTERRA Paratriathlete title, placing second in the 2011 New York City Paratriathlete open division category and qualifying for the Paratriathlete World Championships.
50KM Freedome Swim for Gold Star Teen Adventures
50KM Freedom Swim for Gold Star Teen Adventures is a 50 km (31.68 mile) charity swim by 8 American open water swimmers in Islamorada, Florida. The charity swim relay will start on 10 November and end 11 November 2013 with the goal of swimming at least 50 km and each swimmer swimming a minimum of 4 miles off of the Florida Keys. Gold Star Teen Adventures provides adventure camps to the surviving youth of Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps special operations personnel who have lost their lives in the line of duty. The vision is to enable healing, foster enduring relationships, and develop character and leadership skills.
50KM Freedom Swim Members
- Kent Solheim
- Pete Colbert
- Billy Costello
- Celia Wolff
- Paul MacNamara
- Greg Cello
- John Leitner
- Patrick Powers
- Jessica McCloskey