About 10 hours into his 22.5-mile swim clockwise around Absecon Island on Friday, Avalon summer resident Jason Malick, 31, was looking good. But he still had hours to go.
“He hit a countercurrent and lost two hours in the ocean,” said Atlantic City resident Stewart Rosen, who followed Malick in his charter boat, the Metamorphosis, along with kayaker Jeff Wildonger, of Wilmington, Del. “He’s a machine.”
Malick, who works in customer service for Endless Pools in Aston, Pa., started at Gardner’s Basin in Atlantic City at 3:58 a.m., and rounded Longport about 10 a.m., Rosen said. He battled the outgoing current as he came into the bay.
Malick finished back at Gardner’s Basin at 6:06 p.m., after about 14 hours in the water. He did the swim to raise money for the Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation, in honor of his aunt Betsy Rabush, of Galloway Township, who died of cancer in March. It was also a tribute to the once-famous Around-the-Island Marathon Swim, which he hopes to revive.
The swim started in 1953 and attracted professional distance swimmers from all over the world, but ended after the 2005 event, when Atlantic City lifeguards declined to continue rowing with swimmers.
It had been resurrected in the past. State Sen. and former Atlantic City Mayor Jim Whelan did a similar solo swim in 1978, which helped revive the swim in 1979 after a 13-year gap.
Malick is also organizing the Cape Circumnavigation Challenge, a 15.1-mile clockwise swim around Cape May, on Sept. 14, starting and finishing at Higbee Beach in Lower Township. Swim entries are closed, but he is still seeking kayakers to accompany swimmers. Visit shoreswim.com or email email@example.com.
Malick, a long-distance swimmer of about 10 years, also does winter ice swims.
Send donations to the Dean Randazzo Cancer Foundation, PO Box 149, Somers Point, 08244.
Help for Haiti
Mary Lou Galantino, professor of physical therapy in the School of Health Sciences at The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey; Sara Pitcher, a student in the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at Stockton; and Galantino’s 13-year-old daughter, Madi Pack, are helping patients at two clinics in Haiti from July 21 to Aug. 3.
They are working with people who have had limb amputations and those with chronic disease, and will conduct research, a Stockton spokesperson said.
Pack will do dance and yoga with children. Emily Bessemer, another student in the program, will help with the research from New Jersey.
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