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Swimming The 1,777-Mile Danube River For A Good Cause

Above: Mimi Hughes, right, and her daughter Kelsey, at the start of Mimi's swim down the 1,777 mile Danube River. Kelsey kayaked alongside her mother down the length of the river providing support.

Aired 5/19/14 on KPBS Midday Edition.

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Mimi Hughes, author of "Wider Than A Mile," which chronicles her swim down the Danube River in 2006.

Transcript

When someone takes on extreme physical challenges for the sake of a good cause, he or she is usually the focus of media attention when upon completion of the journey; If a person finishes a walk across the country or swims from Cuba to Florida, we usually hear about it in the news.

But rarely do we get a day-to-day sense of what such a journey is like — now, swimmer Mimi Hughes is filling that void.

Born in San Diego, Hughes embarked on a number of extreme swims — including down the Tennessee and Ohio rivers for social and environmental causes. Her most challenging swim was the 1,777-mile Danube River which originates in the Black Forest in Germany, runs through nine countries and ends in the Black Sea.

Hughes documented the stories of the people, joys and hardships of the journey in the book, "Wider Than A Mile."

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