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Woman swims from Mexico, arrives in Hawaii Sunday

Photo courtesy www.jenniferfigge.com. Photo courtesy www.jenniferfigge.com.

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Endurance athlete Jennifer Figge, 58, will arrive in Honolulu this morning with her boat and crew aboard "Jamie" to the Ala Wai Harbor after swimming across the Pacific from Cabo San Lucas.

The boat-assisted swim had Figge in the water 4-6 hours a day, swimming  distances up to 17 miles in seas up to 20 feet.

Figge has over 25 years of endurance feats under her belt, most of which have gone under the radar. First an ultra-distance runner, Figge completed several marathons and ultra marathons before running across states, countries, and even continents. She turned to swimming after she ran the last 60 miles across Mexico on a broken leg.

Since then she has achieved several channel crossings, including the Au Au Channel from Lanai to Maui and the Atlantic Ocean from Cape Verde to Trinidad three times.

While it is impossible to achieve a classic stage swim in the open ocean, Figge swims without any fins or floatation device and is completely untethered to the boat.

She wears  a shark shield that emits an electrical current to deter sharks, but otherwise is completely exposed to whatever marine life she encounters, including whales, tuna, and more jellyfish than she cares  to think about.

For more information, visit her website, www.jenniferfigge.com.

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