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OFFICIAL WORLD RECORD
A LIFE SWIMMING. WORLD RECORD

Noticia del 04/06/2016 - http://www.officialworldrecord.com

Carlos Peña, swimmer with more swum kilometers over the world, backstroke. Extreme open water swimming.

Carlos Peña, swimmer with more swum kilometers over the world, backstroke. Extreme open water swimming.

This world record is one of those special records that rarely occur, it is a tribute to an entire career of a swimmer who also collaborates with humanitarian and charitable causes worldwide.

OWR (Official World Record) certifies that Carlos Peña González de Uriarte (web link) (from Tolosa, Guipúzcoa, Basque Country), has set the world record in number of swum kilometers over the world backstroke (extreme open water swimming). 4880.30 kilometers in 2151 hours and 20 minutes, between the years 1989 to 2015 in different parts of the world (for 56 crossings).

Biographical notes: Carlos Peña. (Facebook)

Swimmer Carlos Peña is not easy to describe, consummate activist, amateur athlete with marks and feats comparable to professional elite athletes. He is a person tremendously involved with any action to defend the environment, solidarity and peace. With a special relationship with water and mother nature. Surely we leave other features outside this definition, but this kind of definition is close to the human profile of this phenomenon.

He began as long distance athlete in his youth, participating in 3 marathons and winning the San Sebastian Behobia in youth category. But due to a serious injury he had to quit. As has always loved the sport, he chose to change his discipline and since 1989 is dedicated to extreme open water swimming backstroke. So, instead of summer holidays in Lodosa (Navarra) where he loves spending his free time and barbecuing for friends, he was proposed to swim in the Ebro river and made his first crossing. So he began doing this kind of crossings until today.

Since 1989 Carlos Peña has always swum, induced by social solidarity, in places such as oceans, rivers, lakes, reservoirs, straits, pools, canals, etc. Knowing very close the wonders and dangers inherent in such wild environments. As he is an amateur athlete with professional feats in this environments, so this increases the merit of his marks.

He is a great defender of the environment, motivated by all humanitarian and charitable causes in favor of people in need, regardless of race, creed or politics.

He collaborates with NATURE GLOBAL FUND (LIVING LAKES), which is a German international association that takes care of seas, lakes, wetlands and rivers are threatened by pollution, drought, misuse of water, etc.

Most of the times, he has been accompanied by friends and volunteers, on several occasions with the collaboration of local and international organizations, and in less occasions by governmental entities. He always swimming, and collaborators in marine transport means (boats, kayaks, launches, etc.) that served as logistical support and also moral.

After 26 years Peña swims backstroke style, he uses a neoprene swimsuit, small homemade fins and willpower that drives him to overcome incredible challenges:

Rivers: Oria, Miño, Sil, Ebro, Sella, Nalón, Neretva, Guadalquivir, etc.

Lakes: Titicaca, De Garda, Trasimeno, Chapala, Chiquita, Ness, Maracaibo, etc.

And different channels, and both short and Olympic swimming pools, etc.

Carlos has known several continents, many countries, different cultures, and has been in contact with different social classes, as governors and mayors, and also with modest people but so human that have put all the little they had to serve this man. And always where he has been, received with honors and praise, to recognize the feats he carried out, as deserved.

During his career he has helped at different times to NGOs and foundations with solidarity challenges to raise awareness on people, these are:

Global Nature Fund (Living Lakes)

Peace Mission accompanied by the UN – Bosnia Herzegovina

Project for peace in the Basque Country, Elkarri

Chernobyl Elkartea Association – 20th Anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear explosion

Against Malaria Foundation – Raising against Malaria Campaign

Fundraising for those affected by Hurricane Mitch – Construction of a Hospital in Honduras

ADMO, Association for donating bone marrow and umbilical cord, Extremadura (Spain)

Josep Carreras Foundation against leukemia

ADEMGI, Multiple Sclerosis Association of Gipuzkoa (Basque Country)

Gerna, Group of rare diseases Navarra (Basque Country)

Against gender violence

Solidarity marathons for different TV channels such as TV3 (Catalonia) and EITB Group (Basque Country)

Food Bank Andalucía (Spain)

ASPANOGI, Association of parents of children with cancer of Gipuzkoa (Basque Country)

CEAFA, Spanish Confederation of associations of relatives of people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.

A lot of hours in the water, the result of almost supernatural force of will and a life dedicated to this wonderful sport that he uses to relaunch and spread environmental, social and humanitarian activities. With a non profit view, often without the media attention that would be right. Carlos swims, beats without competing, and after completing his mission, thanks nature for allowing him once again being part of it in pure harmony with water.

Carlos turns 26 years always swimming in the same direction, solidarity and collaboration in any cause and 56 crossings made over the years.

CROSSINGS:

2015

Embalse de Alcantara (Alcantara Reservoir)

97 Km -Time employee: 36 hours straight, from 09 October 15 to 10 October 15.

Ria de Orio (Orio Estuary)

Location: Orio (Gipuzkoa) – Departure and arrival – Orio Olympic Rowing Club – Time Spent 24 hours – 53 Km – Campaign to benefit ASPANOGI – Parents Association for children with cancer Guipuzcoa, from 11 July 2015 to 12 July 2015.

2014

Guadalquivir River

Location: Andalusia (Spain) – Departure: Cordoba – Arrival: Sanlucar de Barrameda- 270 Km – Campaign to collect food for Andalucía- Destined to BAA – Time spent: 8 days from 04 to 11th July.

2013

Embalse de Alloz (Alloz Reservoir)

Location: Alloz (Navarra, Basque Country) – Departure and arrival Alloz Reservoir – Next to the camping – Time spent 24 hours – 52 Km – Campaign for the benefit of Gerna- Group of Rare diseases Navarra. From 27 July 2013 to 07 July 2013.

Sella River (Spain)

Departure: Arriondas – Arrival: Ribadesella (Asturias) – 19 Km – (13th Edition) – Time taken: 6 hours and 10 minutes – on November 2nd.

2012

Alqueva Reservoir

Location: Portugal / Extremadura (Spain)- Departure: Alqueva – Arrival: Cheles – 60 Km – Campaign for the benefit of the Extremadura Association of Bone Marrow and Cord Donation- Time spent: 25 hours – from 14 September 12 to 15 September 12.

Plasencia Olympic pool (Spain)

Location: Plasencia (Extremadura) – City Olympic pool – 47 Km- Time spent 24 hours – Act of Protest “No to gender violence”. World Day against gender violence. From 24 November 2012 to 25 November 2012.

Sella River (Spain)

Departure: Arriondas – Arrival: Ribadesella (Asturias) – 19 Km – (12th Edition) – Time taken: 6 hours and 5 minutes – on November 10th.

2011

Oria River

Location: Tolosa (Guipúzcoa, Basque Country) – Departure and arrival pier TAK of Tolosa – Campaign “Get wet – Busti Zaitez” “for Multiple Sclerosis – 52 Km- Time taken: 24 hours – from 15/ July /2011 to 16/ July / 2011.

Sella River

Departure: Arriondas – Arrival: Ribadesella (Asturias) – 19 Km – (11th Edition) – Time taken: 4 hours and 40 minutes – on November 26th.

Olimpic Watercourse of Catalonia

Location: Castelldefels (Catalonia) – Departure and arrival: Olimpic Watercourse. 49 Km – TV3 (Catalan tv cannel) reached the 20th edition with its program dedicated to the regenaration and transplantation of organs and tissues. Time taken: 24 hours – From 17 December 2011 to 18 December 2011.

2010

Imperial Watercourse of Aragon

Departure: The Bocal – Tudela (Navarra) – Arrival: Luceni (Aragon) – 40 Km – Time taken: 9 hours on 14/ August /2010.

Reservoir of Ricobayo

Departure: Club Esla – Arrival: Ricobayo Natural – 50 Km – Time taken: 18 hours on 2 days, 3rd and 4th of September.

Sella River

Departure: Arriondas – Arrival: Ribadesella (Asturias) – 19 Km – (10th edition). Time taken: 2 hours 50 minutes. On 13th November 2010.

2009

Castilla Watercourse

Departure: Alar del Rey (Palencia) – Arrival: Valladolid – 130 Km. Time taken: 3 days from 28th to 30th August. Cause: Attracting new partners for the Josep Carreras Foundation against Leukaemia.

Sella River

Depature: Arriondas – Arrival Ribadesella (Asturias) – 19 Km. (9th Edition). Time taken: 3 hours, 24 minutes. On 14th November.

2008

Oria River

Location: Tolosa, Fiestas de San Juan – Swimmer challenge Carlos Peña – 500 meters –against oarsmasn José Luis Korta – 1000 meters. Date: 24/ August/2008 Tolosa. (Basque Country).

Dead Sea

Departure: Jordan River – Arrival: Salt Beach Gohor Hadeth in Jordan – 55 Km – Time spent: 5 days from 15 to 19 August. In collaboration with the International Living Lakes Network.

Sella River

Departure: Arriondas – Arrival Ribadesella (Asturias) – 19 Km – (8th Edition) – Time spent: 2 hours 28 minutes – On 22 / November / 2008.

Bilbao Estuary

Departure: Guggenheim Museum Bilbao – Arrival: Guggenheim Museum Bilbao – 52 Km – Time spent: 24 hours between 18 and 19 December. Cause: Solidarity Campaign Group Eitb – “Mental Illness”.

2007

Trasimeno Lake

Place: Italy – Located in the Umbria region – Departure: North of Trasimeno – Arrival: South Passigmano 15 km- Time spent: 5 hours 32 minutes on June 16. In collaboration with the International Living Lakes Network.

Basque coast

Departure: Hondarribia – Arrival: Getxo – 150 Km – Time Spent: five days from the 1st to the 5th of August. Cause: “Project for Peace”.

Constranza Lake

Location: Austria / Germany. Departure: Lindau – Arrival: Radolfzell- 65 Km – Time spent: three days from 14th to 16th September. In collaboration with the International Living Lakes Network.

Sella River

Departure: Arriondas – Arrival: Ribadesella (Asturias) – 19 Km – (7th Edition) – Time spent: 4 hours 30 minutes – On 22/ November /2007.

2006

Nervion River

Location: Bizkaia (Basque Country) – Departure: Llodio – Arrival: Portugalete Suspension Bridge. – 40 Km – Time spent: 15 hours 15 minutes. Cause: 20th Anniversary of Chernobyl nuclear plant explosion. Objective, raise funds for Chernobyl Elkartea Association. On April 29th 2006.

Arlanza River (Spain)

Location: Region of Arlanza, province of Burgos – Departure: Torcón (Hortihuela) – Arrival Piélago (Covarrubias) – 14 km and 200 meters – Time spent 6 hours – On May 28th 2006.

Chiquita Sea (Argentina)

Departure: Rosario de Saladillo – Arrival: Miramar – 65 Km – Time taken: 3 days from 20th to 22nd October. In collaboration with the International Living Lakes Network.

Sella River

Departure: Arriondas – Arrival: Ribadesella (Asturias) – 19 Km – (6th Edition) – Time spent: 2 hours 41 minutes – On November 25th 2004.

2005

Balaton Lake

Location: Hungary. Departure: Balaronakarattya. Arrival Kesthely – 80 Km – Time taken: 4 days from 13th to 16th May. In collaboration with the International Living Lakes Network.

“Usabal” Sports and leisure center opening.

Location: Tolosa (Guipúzcoa, Basque Country) – 25 meter pool – 48 Km and 30 meters – Time spent: 24 hours – from 24th September 2005 to 25th September 2005. Ceremony commemorating the 750th anniversary of Tolosa (1256-2006)

Sella River

Departure: Arriondas – Arrival Ribadesella (Asturias) – 19 Km – (5th Edition) – Time spent: 4 hours. On November 05th 2005.

“Usabal” Sports and leisure center.

Location: Tolosa (Guipúzcoa. Basque Country) – 25 meter pool – 12 Km 300 meters – Time spent 4 hours – On December 3rd, 2005. Fundraising campaign against Malaria.

2004

Chapala Lake

Location: Mexico – Departure: Jamay – Arrival: Jocotepec – 80 Km – Time taken: 4 days from 13tg to 16th May. In collaboration with the International Living Lakes Network.

Garda Lake

Location: Italy. Departure: Torbole. Arrival: Garda Peschiera – 55 Km – Time spent: three days from 19th to 21st October.

Sella River

Departure: Arriondas – Arrival Ribadesella (Asturias) – 19 Km – (4th Edition) – Time spent: 3 hours, 53 minutes. On November 20th 2004.

2003

Sella River

Departure: Arriondas – Arrival: Ribadesella (Asturias) – 19 Km – (3rd Edition) – Time spent: 4 hours 25 minutes. On November 8th 2003.

Nalon River

Location: Asturias – Departure: Fuerte la Nalona – (Tarna Port) – Arrival: San Juan de la Arena – 145 Km – Time spent: 5 days from 11th to 15th November.

2002

Ebro River

Departure: Logroño (La Rioja) – Arrival: Lodosa (Navarra) – 40 km- Time spent 9 hours 47 minutes – On February 24th – Act of protest : Not to Landfill “For a Living Ebro”.

Maracaibo Lake

Location: Maracaibo – Edo. Zulia (Venezuela) – Departure: San Carlos Island – Arrival: Congo Mirador – 204 Km – Time spent: 9 days from 18th to 26th May.

Sella River

Departure: Arriondas – Arrival Ribadesella (Asturias) – 19 Km – (2nd Edition) – Time spent: 4h 30 minutes – on November 9th.

2001

Strait of Magellan

Location: Chile / Argentina – Departure: Chile. Punta Delgada – Arrival: Argentina. Tierra de Fuego – 5 Km – Time spent: 1 hour 13 minutes. January 26th.

Reservoir of Alcántara

Location: Cáceres (Spain). Departure: Monfragüe National Park – Arrival: Roman Bridge of Alcántara. – 95 Km – Time spent: three days from 31st August to September 2nd 2001.

Sella River

Departure: Arriondas – Arrival Ribadesella (Asturias) – 19 Km – (1st Edition) – Time spent: 4 hours, 10 minutes – On November 24th 2001.

1999

Ebro River

Departure: Reinosa (Cantabria, Spain) – Arrival: Amposta – 927 Km – Time spent: 25 days from June 2nd to 26th. Cause: Campaign to raise funds for the victims of Hurricane Mitch.

1998

San Sebastian Bay

Location: San Sebastián (Guipúzcoa) – 100 hours, relay, 2 swimmers. 260 Km – Time spent: from 14th to 18th October.

1996

Ebro River

Location: Lodosa, Medianil Walk (Navarra) – 72 hours, relay, 2 swimmers. 150 Km – Time spent: from 13th to 16th June.

1995

Neretva River

Location: Bosnia Herzegovina – Departure: Mostar Old Bridge – Arrival: Metkovich – 60 Km – Time spent: 2 days from 16th to 17th January. Peace mission with UN support.

Ebro River

Location: Lodosa. Medianil Walk (Navarra) – 48 hours, relay, 2 swimmers. 120 Km – Time spent: from 2nd to 4th June.

Titicaca Lake

Location: Peru / Bolivia – Departure: Puno (Peru) – Arrival: Puerto Pérez (Bolivia) – 180 Km – Time spent: 14 days from 14th to 27th October.

1994

Ebro River

Departure: Lapuebla de Labarca (La Rioja) – Arrival: Lodosa (Navarra) – 70 Km – Time spent: 14 hours 28 minutes – On April 09th 1994.

Strait of Gibraltar

Location: Spain / Morocco – Departure: Tarifa – Arrival: The Galuli (Morocco) – 14 Km – Time spent: 7 hours 8 minutes – On September 26th 1994.

1993

Lake Ness

Location: Scotland – Departure: Loched – Arrival: Fort Autustus- 39 Km – Time spent: two days from 5th to 6th August.

1992

Reservoir of Yesa

Location: Yesa (Navarra) – Departure and arrival: Yesa Reservoir Dam – 25 Km – Time taken: 8 hours 40 minutes – On September 28th 1992.

1991

Rivers – Sil and Miño

Location: Castilla y León / Galicia – Departure: Cantabrian Mountains (La Cueta) – Arrival: La Guardia – 400 Km- Time Spent: 17 days from August 1st to 17th.

1990

Miño River

Location: Galicia – Departure: Meira – Arrival: La Guardia – 340 Km – Time spent: 14 days from September 17th to 30th.

1989

Ebro River

Departure: Roman Bridge of Logroño (La Rioja) – Arrival: Club Helios of Zaragoza (Aragon) – 200 Km – Time taken: 6 days from December 26th to 31st.

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