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World Record Swimmer and Asthma Patient Vows to Complete a 60 Mile Swim Around NYC

Diagnosed at six with chronic asthma, world record swimmer takes on NYC waters for a cause

World Record Swimmer and Asthma Patient Vows to Complete a 60 Mile Swim Around NYC
New York, NY, July 31, 2007 --( Marcos Diaz was diagnosed with chronic asthma at the age of six.

In his country at that time, there were limited resources for this type of ailment. His doctor had recommend swimming as a therapeutic option. The doctor's recommendation was proven to be a beacon of light for this very sick child. Today he is currently a world record holder for open water swimming and on August 18th at around 6:30pm Marcos Diaz vows to complete a double swim around New York City. The ultra open water swim will help raise funds for the Marcos Diaz Foundation, founded by the athlete in 2004 to help raise awareness for poverty stricken children with cancer and asthma in his country, The Dominican Republic.

The New York City event is a tribute to the Latin community and New York City especially for the 1 million Dominican immigrants who have migrated to the United States, New York having the largest concentration of Dominicans. Marco Diaz's message is one of hope and inspiration. It has been his mission and life long dream to be able to help families in his native country with children who been diagnosed with Cancer and Chronic Asthma. Through the Marco Diaz foundation he can make a difference in a child's life. He hopes to share his dreams and inspirations during the New York event with people like him who want to make a difference in another persons life.

Marcos Diaz has had many accomplishments since his first swim at age six. On 2005 he set a world record becoming the fastest swimmer beteew continents with a round trip crossing in the Gibraltar Strait Europe to Africa and back to Europe in 8 hours 34 minutes, he is also a three-time winner of the International Crossing of the Toroneos Gulf in Greece 2004-2006 and swam across the English Channel in 2004. This international marathon swimmer vows to make history by swimming two full laps around Manhattan nonstop for a distance of 60 miles.

There will be many viewing advantage points throught-out Marcos's marathon, People will be able to have visual contact with this very brave and talented Dominican. His route will not be an easy task, he will be swimming against the current, from the Hudson river to the East River going North towards the Harlem River meeting once again with the Hudson River for his second turn around New York City. We invite all New Yorkers to help cheer and inspire this kind hearted courgeous person during this very treacherous swim, it will be a chance to view human endurance in all its glory.

The viewing points are from Westside Riverside Park, Battery Park, The South Street Seaport and the East River Park with special boat accomodations for media who wish tol take b-roll during Marcos's ultra Swim.

Opening event will commence at the Dyckman Marina in Washington Heights on August 18th at 6:30pm and the arrival finishing time for Marcos is in the afternoon on Sunday August 19th in the same place.

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