Swimmer completes 90 laps of Willamette River

Marathon swimmer Michelle Macy swam the Willamette River in downtown Portland to promote recreational swimming, June 7, 2013 (KOIN 6 News)
Marathon swimmer Michelle Macy swam the Willamette River in downtown Portland to promote recreational swimming, June 7, 2013 (KOIN 6 News)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Marathon swimmer Michelle Macy swam 90 laps of the Willamette River in a little less than 12 hours to promote recreational swimming in downtown Portland.

A kayaker accompanied marathon swimmer Michelle Macy as she swam the Willamette River in downtown Portland to promote recreational swimming, June 7, 2013 (KOIN 6 News)
A kayaker accompanied marathon swimmer Michelle Macy as she swam the Willamette River in downtown Portland to promote recreational swimming, June 7, 2013 (KOIN 6 News)

She began around 6:30 a.m. and finished her 90th lap around 6 p.m.. Spectators watched from the north side of the Hawthorne Bridge and from the Vera Katz Esplanade.

Macy did not wear a wetsuit, but was escorted by a kayaker on each lap.

Her swim was part of the Human Access Project, the group behind the annual Big Float. And she was a goal.

“Why can’t the Willamette have something like San Francisco’s Aquatic Park where swimmers and triathletes can engage with the river the way they engage with the Bay of San Francisco?”

Marathon swimmer Michelle Macy swam the Willamette River in downtown Portland to promote recreational swimming, June 7, 2013 (KOIN 6 News)
Marathon swimmer Michelle Macy swam the Willamette River in downtown Portland to promote recreational swimming, June 7, 2013 (KOIN 6 News)

The Big Float is set for July 28.

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