Thursday, July 2, 2009

Adventurer Kevin Horgan starts his 24 hour circumnavigation of Manhattan

Most people circumnavigate the New York waterways via sailboat or powerboat. Extreme adventurer Kevin Horgan has a different idea that breaks all boundaries. He has come to Manhattan to paddle the island for 24 hours straight. He hopes to complete three laps around the island totallying a distance of more than 80 miles. This will be his greatest challenge to date. His previous record is 73 miles between the Oahu and Kauai Hawaiian islands completing in 23 hours.

Kevin's passion for the water started as a child. He grew up in Newport, Rhode Island, the Sailing Capital of the United States. Kevin now works in Hawaii as a stock broker who specializes in International Equities at BTIG. Although he lives a far distance from his family, he is a big supporter of his older brother, Harry Horgan. Harry Horgan is many people's heroes. 18 years ago, after overcoming a paralyzing injury, Harry started a non-profit called Shake-A-Leg Miami. Harry's foundation serves thousands of people with various challenges each year. Most notably, Shake-A-Leg provides a safe haven for kids with disabilities to come learn, sail, swim, and form friendships. Kevin's ongoing support and encouragement for his older brother and his organization is the reason why Kevin is paddling today. According to Kevin, "I hope to raise awareness and money for Shake-A-Leg Miami so that disabled people can have as much fun as me on the water." With that in mind, Kevin started his adventure at 1:30pm this afternoon leaving from the Intrepid Sea, Air, & Space Museum in Lower Manhattan.

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