Mimi Hughes completes 981 miles swim across the Ohio River

July 20th, 2010 - 12:03 am ICT by Aishwarya Bhatt  

July 19 (THAINDIAN NEWS) Mimi Hughes, who is a 45 year old woman has completed a 981 mile swim across the Ohio River. It took her two months to reach Illinois from Pittsburgh where she had started.

Mimi’s swim was inspired by her campaign for funds to promote women education programs worldwide. According to her schedule she planned to swim 20 miles every day along the borders of the river that stretch along Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky, Indiana and Illinois. She mostly spent eight to twelve hours daily in the river during her campaign and she rested for only one day in a week.

She was accompanied on her mission by a filmographer who documented her adventure on video. She was also accompanied on the mission by kayakers who monitored the river traffic for her daily.

Mimi began her campaign on May 22 and she was ecstatic when she reached her final destination at Cairo III on Saturday night. After completing her mission, she abandoned her energy bars and the electrolytes that kept her going and went for some ice creams, beers and vegetable burgers, first time since she started the mission.

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