John Leitner

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John Leitner is raising funds for Gold Star Teen Adventures as part of the Gold Star Teen Adventure 50 KM Freedom Swim Team. Starting on 10 November and ending on 11 November 2013 (Veterans Day), he and seven other open water swimmers will swim a 24-hour charity swim relay with the goal of swimming at least 50 km (31.68 miles) in 24 hours. Each swimmer will swim a minimum of four miles.

Leitner has served in the United States Army for 10 years and has deployed four times in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM and Operation IRAQI FREEDOM. He began competing in Olympic style weightlifting at the age of 10 and continued into college. Throughout the course of his time as a competitive weightlifter, he won several Texas state championships and a national championship. He played football, baseball, and soccer in high school and continued with intramurals and rugby while attending the University of Houston. His first competitive race was a marathon and since then he has run many races ranging from 5km to 26.2 miles – most with his wife and one with his daughters. John has recently begun to train for a triathlon and several adventure races.

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50KM Freedom Swim for Gold Star Teen Adventures

50KM Freedom Swim for Gold Star Teen Adventures is a 50 km (31.68 mile) charity swim by 8 American open water swimmers in Islamorada, Florida. The charity swim relay will start on 10 November and end 11 November 2013 with the goal of swimming at least 50 km and each swimmer swimming a minimum of 4 miles off of the Florida Keys. Gold Star Teen Adventures provides adventure camps to the surviving youth of Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps special operations personnel who have lost their lives in the line of duty. The vision is to enable healing, foster enduring relationships, and develop character and leadership skills.

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