A Long Swim Team
A Long Swim Team is a series of marathon swims by Doug McConnell in order to raise funds for the Les Turner ALS Foundation. McConnell has raised US$200,000 to date for the Les Turner ALS Foundation, which funds groundbreaking research at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago, one of the top ALS research laboratories in the world. On the day that Doug finished his English Channel crossing, Northwestern made a breakthrough announcement of the discovery of the common cause of all forms of ALS, and has accelerated its pace of discoveries since then.
 Marathon Swimming for a Cause
In August, 2011, Doug McConnell, with the help of A Long Swim Team, became the 48th person over age 50 to swim the English Channel. He will also swim the 28.5-mile circumnavigation swim around Manhattan Island called the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim in June 2014. He will also attempt a crossing of the Catalina Channel in order to achieve the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming.