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Lori King

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Lori King after winning the 29th Swimming Marathon of the Messinian Gulf, a 30 km race between Kalamata and Koroni in Greece, on 9 September 2017 in 8 hours 56 minutes, escorted and photographed by Janine Serrell
Dr. Sean O'Connell greeting Lori King after her circumnavigation around Bermuda in 2016

Lori Jean King (born 22 July 1975) is a 42-year-old American marathon swimmer from Long Island, New York. She grew up as an age-group swimmer and collegiate swimmer in Norristown, Pennsylvania and graduated from LaSalle University, and a member of CIBBOWS.

Open Water Swimming Career - Marathons[edit]

  • On 16 October 2013, she finished 23rd in the 10 km Bermuda Round-the-Sound in Bermuda in 2 hours 52 minutes 27 seconds at the age of 36.
  • On 23 June 2012, she finished 6th overall (2nd woman) in the 20.1 km Swim Around Key West in Florida in 4 hours 44 minutes 5 seconds at the age of 36.
  • On 12 October 2013, she finished 17th in the 10 km Bermuda Round-the-Sound in Bermuda in 2 hours 40 minutes 8 seconds at the age of 38.
  • In 2013, she competed in the the 24-mile Tampa Bay Marathon Swim in Florida - pulled at 21 miles due to shark spotting.
  • She completed various stages of the 8 Bridges Hudson River Swim in New York:
  • She completed all 8 stages of the 2015 8 Bridges Hudson River Swim, posting the fastest aggregate time for the entire 120 miles at the age of 39.
  • She set the stage 6 record for the 8 Bridges Hudson River Swim with a time of 3 hours 6 minutes for the 25.3 km.
  • On 15 August 2014, she completed a crossing of the Catalina Channel in 8 hours 51 minutes under the auspices of the Catalina Channel Swimming Federation at the age of 39.
  • On 1 August 2015, she won the women's division at the 45.9 km circumnavigation swim around Manhattan Island in New York as the 7th overall finisher in 7 hours 39 minutes at the age of 40.
  • On 11 October 2015, she finished 10th in the 10 km Bermuda Round-the-Sound in Bermuda in 2 hours 29 minutes 31 seconds at the age of 40.
  • On 16 June 2016, she completed a 36.5-mile (58.7 km) swim around Bermuda in 21 hours 19 minutes, starting and finishing at Elbow Beach. This was the first circumnavigation swim around Bermuda by a woman.
  • On 9 October 2016, she finished 9th in the 10 km Bermuda Round-the-Sound in Bermuda in 2 hours 39 minutes 47 seconds at the age of 41.
  • On 22-23 April 2017, she finished 5th overall (2nd woman) in the 1st Annual Bermuda Four Corners Challenge at the age of 42.
  • She won the women's division in the 29th Swimming Marathon of the Messinian Gulf, a 30 km race between Kalamata and Koroni in Greece, on 9 September 2017 in 8 hours 56 minutes at the age of 42, escorted by Janine Serrell.
  • On 8 October 2017, she finished 10th in the 10 km Bermuda Round-the-Sound in Bermuda in 2 hours 39 minutes 10 seconds at the age of 42.
  • On 21-22 April 2018, She finished third overall (2nd woman) in the 2018 2nd Annual Bermuda Four Corners Challenge at the age of 43.
  • She finished second overall in the 2018 Bermuda Four Corners Challenge.
  • On 7 October 2018, she finished 15th in the 10 km Bermuda Round-the-Sound in Bermuda in 2 hours 36 minutes 49 seconds at the age of 43.
  • She took 2nd in the women’s division (9th overall) in the Ibiza Ultraswim, 25.5 km race between Formentera and Ibiza in Spain, on 26 May, 2018 in 7 hours 38 minutes 24 seconds at age 43.
  • She won the women’s division in the 54th annual Maratona del Gulfo Capri-Napoli, 36 km race between Capri and Napoli in Italy, on 12 July 2019 in 8 hours 9 minutes at the age of 44.
  • On 4th June, 2022 she completed the 26 mile (41.8 km) crossing of the Ka’iwi Channel in 14 hours 38 minutes.

Open Water Swimming Career - Shorter Swims[edit]

  • On 23 July 2011, she finished 11th overall (1st woman) in the 3rd annual 2 mile Montauk Ocean Swim Challenge in Montauk New York in 1 hour 6 minutes.
  • On August 2011, she finished 5th (1st woman) in the 2 mile Red Devil swim in Amagansett New York in 46 minutes.
  • On 21 July 2012, she finished 6th overall (1st woman) in the 4th annual 2 mile Montauk Ocean Swim Challenge in Montauk New York in 58 minutes 42 seconds.
  • On August 2012, she finished 3rd (1st woman) in the 2 mile Red Devil swim in Amagansett New York in 43 minutes 30 seconds.
  • On 20 July 2013, she finished 6th overall (1st woman) in the 5th annual 2 mile Montauk Ocean Swim Challenge in Montauk New York in 46 minutes 40 seconds.
  • On August 2013, she finished 2nd (2nd woman) in the 2 mile Red Devil swim in Amagansett New York in 43 minutes.
  • On 29 June 2014, she finished 5th overall (2nd woman) in the Grimaldo’s Mile Swim in Coney Island New York in 28 minute 1 second.
  • On 26 July 2014, she finished 5th overall (2nd woman) in the 5th annual 5 km Montauk Ocean Swim Challenge in Montauk New York in 1 hour 12 minutes 1 second.
  • On August 2014, she finished 3rd (1st woman) in the 2 mile Red Devil swim in Amagansett New York in 43 minutes 30 seconds.
  • On 27 September 2014, she finished 2nd overall (1st woman) in the 5 km Triple Dip Swim in Coney Island/Brighton Beach, New York in 1 hour 21 minutes 27 seconds.
  • On 25 July 2015, she finished 5th overall (1st woman) in the 6th annual 5 km Montauk Ocean Swim Challenge in Montauk New York in 1 hour 21 minutes 5 seconds.
  • On 15 August 2015, she finished 2nd overall (1st woman) in the 5 km Red Devil Swim in Amagansett, New York in 1 hour 7 minutes 30 seconds
  • On 26 September 2015, she finished 2nd overall (1st woman) in the 5 km Triple Dip Swim in Coney Island/Brighton Beach, New York in 1 hour 26 minutes 47 seconds.
  • On 22 April 2017, she was the first woman finisher in the 1st Annal Bermuda 4 mile Four Corners Challenge in Bermuda SW Corner in 1 hour 40 minutes 51 seconds.
  • On 23 April 2017, she was the second woman finisher in the 1st Annal Bermuda 4 mile Four Corners Challenge in Bermuda NE Corner in 1 hour 47 minutes 42 seconds.
  • On 22 July 2017, she was 8th overall (1st woman) in the 8th annual 5 km Montauk Ocean Swim Challenge in Montauk, New York in 1 hour 17 minutes 32 seconds.
  • On 21 April 2018, she was 2nd overall (1st female) in the 2nd annual 4 mile Bermuda Four Corners Challenge in Bermuda NW Corner in 1 hour 35 minutes 45 seconds.
  • On 22 April 2018, she was 3rd overall (2nd female) in the 2nd annual 4 mile Bermuda Four Corners Challenge in Bermuda SE Corner in 1 hour 46 minutes 30 seconds.
  • On 21 July, 2018, she was 7th overall (1st woman) in the 9th annual 5 km Montauk Ocean Swim Challenge in Montauk, New York in 1 hour 31 minutes 12 seconds.
  • On 20 July, 2019, she was 4th overall (2nd woman) in the 10th annual 5 km Montauk Ocean Swim Challenge in Montauk, New York in 1 hour 22 minutes 3 seconds.


Bermuda Circumnavigation[edit]

King's support crew included Mike Cash, observers Nick Strong and Ilya Cherapau, captains Jim Butterfield and Brian Estes, kayakers Russell Demoura and Alex Hammond, photographer Roseli Johnson, and feeder/pace swimmer Devon Clifford, and coach Bonnie Schwartz.

Honors[edit]

King was nominated as a finalist for the 2016 Yudovin Award for Most Adventurous Swim and was selected as its 2016 recipient by the Marathon Swimmers Federation.

King was named to the 2017 World's 50 Most Adventurous Open Water Women by the World Open Water Swimming Association. The women are listed below, alphabetically by last name:

1. Patti Bauernfeind, marathon/channel/relay swimmer from the USA
2. Carina Bruwer, marathon/channel/charity event swimmer from South Africa
3. Charlotte Brynn, marathon/channel/ice swimmer and coach from New Zealand/USA
4. Jessie Campbell, ice/winter swimmer from Great Britain
5. Kimberley Chambers, marathon/channel/extreme/cross-border swimmer from New Zealand/USA
6. Devon Clifford, marathon/channel/open water swimmer from the USA
7. Jackie Cobell, channel/extreme/ice swimmer from Great Britain
8. Lorna Cochran, open water swimmer from South Africa
9. Olive Conroy, ice/winter swimmer from Ireland
10. Anna DeLozier, ice/winter swimmer from the USA
11. Beth French, channel swimmer from Great Britain
12. Elizabeth Fry, marathon/channel swimmer and event organizer from USA
13. Pat Gallant-Charette, channel/marathon swimmer from the USA
14. Pilar Geijo, professional marathon swimmer from Argentina
15. Ines Hahn, ice/winter/professional marathon swimmer from Germany
16. Jessi Harewicz, marathon/channel swimmer from Canada
17. Mariel Hawley Dávila, marathon/channel/cross-border swimmer from Mexico
18. Bárbara Hernández Huerta, winter/extreme swimmer from Chile
19. Bridgette Hobart, event organizer and marathon/channel swimmer from the USA
20. Elaine Howley, marathon/charity/ice swimmer and writer from the USA
21. Linda Kaiser, channel swimmer, advisor and administrator from the USA
22. Lori King, marathon/channel swimmer from the USA
23. Tita Llorens, marathon/channel swimmer from Spain
24. Marcy MacDonald, DPM, marathon/channel swimmer from the USA
25. Elina Makïnen, ice/winter swimmer from Finland
26. Angela Maurer, professional marathon swimmer and Olympian from Germany
27. Chloë McCardel, marathon/channel swimmer and coach from Australia
28. Tiffany McQueen, ocean/marathon swimmer from the USA
29. Sally Minty-Gravett, marathon/channel swimmer and coach from Great Britain (Jersey)
30. Jaimie Monahan, ice/winter/marathon/channel swimmer from the USA
31. Nuala Moore, marathon/ice swimmer, second, author and lecturer from Ireland
32. Victoria Mori, ice/winter/professional marathon swimmer from Argentina
33. Tina Neill, marathon/channel/backstroker/extreme relay swimmer from the USA
34. Anna-Carin Nordin, Oceans Seven/ice swimmer from Sweden
35. Renata Nováková, ice/winter swimmer from the Czech Republic
36. Magda Okurková, ice/winter swimmer from the Czech Republic
37. Penny Palfrey, channel/marathon/extreme swimmer from Australia
38. Ranie Pearce, marathon/channel swimmer from the USA
39. Cheryl Reinke, marathon swimmer from the USA
40. Charlotte Samuels, marathon/channel swimmer from the USA
41. Susan Simmons, marathon swimmer with Multiple Sclerosis from Canada
42. Kate Steels-Fryatt, polar ice miler and ice/winter swimmer from Great Britain
43. Sarah Thomas, marathon/extreme swimmer from the USA
44. Nora Toledano Cadena, marathon/channel/cross-border swimmer from Mexico
45. Natalie du Toit, professional marathon swimmer and Olympian from South Africa
46. Wendy Trehiou, marathon/channel swimmer from Great Britain (Jersey)
47. Wendy Van De Sompele, marathon swimmer and administrator from the USA
48. Samantha Whelpton, winter/ice swimmer from South Africa
49. Sabrina Wiedmer, ice/winter/marathon/channel swimmer from Switzerland
50. Julia Wittig, ice/winter swimmer from Germany

Marathon Swim Stories[edit]

She appeared with Shannon House Keegan on Marathon Swim Stories.

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