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55 HIKING AND ARROUND 5,000 KM TO SOLIDARITY IN A QUARTER-CENTURY

Noticia del 10/01/2015 - Basque Diary (www.diariovasco.com)

Tolosa swimmer Carlos Peña just turned 25 years of career with solidarity dyes. It has devoured kilometers and kilometers for many projects as the Mission of UN peacekeeping in Bosnia Herzegovina in 1995 or the campaign for raising funds for the victims of Hurricane Mitch in 1999.

December 26, 1989, Ebro river. That cold morning in a snowy Logroño Carlos Peña began for a sporty and supportive, totally altruistic career, portraying him as a person. 200 kilometers and six days to get used to Zaragoza became the first of hundreds of meters and strokes that have made this tolosarra a regular on sports projects for social purposes, in most cases related to defense environment and peace.

Rivers, seas, straits, lakes, reservoirs and pools of three different continents have seen Peña has devoured kilometers and kilometers for many projects as the Mission of UN peacekeeping in Bosnia Herzegovina in 1995, the campaign for raising funds for the victims of Hurricane Mitch in 1999 swimming in the Ebro, in 2004 at Lake Chapala in Mexico in collaboration with the International Living Lakes Network or one year after the inauguration of Usabal commemorating the 750th anniversary of Tolosa.

It all started in the late 80's Carlos Peña was a promising athlete Tolosa CF 'with very good marks in the Behobia-San Sebastian and the Marathon Donostia "indicates the

aforementioned, one day had to leave running, "I burned legs. They said I was over trained. “After a few months off and not being able to recover the practice of athletics, "I had to find another activity. At that time he lived in Lodosa and we did not think anything Iñaki my brother and me to organize a journey through the Ebro ".

"We started blindly"

Pena, who had never swum, embarked on a madness that is still immersed. "In addition to not knowing exactly how to prepare, you had to get into an unknown river in winter 'recalls," and with those wetsuits. “Up to 45 minutes needed to change into a dress, two-piece, with which floated itself but which could not swim as they thought.”We went with the idea of swimming to crawl but when we got the dress we saw that was impossible. We could not move. They were very tough. What I did was float and testing positions to check back if we could swim. So I started blindly "he explains.

What it began as a sport became a project that was beyond. "From the most casual way I talked to swim for peace in Bosnia and I went there. It has been the most difficult and risky journey of my life. I swam in the middle of a war. To enter the river had to pass between landmines. I also swam for the environment in the Dead Sea. That day I finished the voyage flayed by the high water temperature and that is the saltiest sea in the world. It was hard. "

To adventures of this coat, 25, 53 crossings and 5,187 km. later, Carlos Peña can only say, "I will continue, it is my life."

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