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Bethany Bosch grew up in the Rutland area participating in swim
team through the Rutland Recreation department for many of her
formative years. After college, Bethany returned home to West
Rutland, and began her pursuit as an endurance swimmer in 2010. She
determined that in order to accomplish her dream of swimming the
English Channel a reality, she would have to structure her life
around her swimming.
Bosch swims an average of 2-3 miles a day, travels as far as an
hour and half one way to make it to Masters classes, and swims in
Vermont lakes as early as April and as late as November. Bethany
Bosch must not only train her body to swim far, she must also train
her body to swim fast, as she will be competing against the brutal
tides of the Channel near the end of her 21+ mile crossing. She
must also spend time swimming in frigid waters in order to
acclimate her body to the water temperatures she will encounter
while swimming the Channel.
Some of Bosch's past swimming accomplishments include completing
her first 8-mile open water swim in Lake Champlain in the summer of
2010. In 2011, she completed a 10 mile swim on Lake Memphremagog.
Along the way, she has also trained in Kinsale, Ireland, and has
participated in several Masters swim meets. Recently, January 2013,
she completed the Alcatraz Prison Break Swim in San Fransisco.
In preparation for her Channel crossing in September of 2014,
Bosch is planning to complete a 24-mile swim across the Tampa Bay,
a 25-mile swim on Lake Memphremagog, and swim across Long Island
Sound. She plans to return to Kinsale, Ireland this summer to
continue her training for the Channel.
Intrepid Athletics invites you to a benefit concert featuring
the Irish music of Extra Stout and the blues, country and folk
influenced rock of Rick Redington and the Luv on March 23, 2013 at
7 p.m. in support of this vibrant, outstanding young woman. Tickets
are $15 each and can be purchased by visiting
www.merchantshall.com, or calling (518)321-7787 or (848)
All proceeds will go toward supporting Rutland area resident
Bethany Bosch's 2014 English Channel crossing.