The week of April 22 at the Ramstein Aquatic Center, the first participants in the center’s swim challenge made it past 100 kilometers. Elaine and Dennis Edwards made it to this amazing milestone within mere days of each other. This program is mainly used as a motivational tool for Ramstein swimmers.
“The swim challenge program has given me a great impetus to begin recording my swimming distances and motivates me to push to accomplish more,” Elaine said. “I was encouraged by pool staffer Brian Stephens to join the swim challenge for the 2012-13 season.”
Elaine completed more than 400,000 meters in last year’s challenge.
“I am continuing to track my swimming meters. I enjoy meeting like-minded fitness oriented people in the friendly atmosphere of the Ramstein pool,” she said. “It is fun to see my name on the challenge board along with others and see the progress toward a goal throughout the year. I hope to complete another 400,000 meters in 2013 and travel with my wet suit to hot vacation spots around Europe in search of great outdoor swimming opportunities.”
Dennis said it’s a three-tiered approach for him.
“I swim three days a week. I run three days a week and I go to the fitness center indoors or do a bike workout out of doors to round out the week of fitness,” he said. “My wife, Elaine, and I have three adult children and all three were Kingfish Swim Team swimmers. Swimming for fun, sport and competition is a family tradition.”
(Courtesy of the Ramstein Aquatic Center)