Endurance swimmer Diana Nyad ended her 48-hour swim on Thursday morning in New York City, raising $103,000 for victims of last year's Superstorm Sandy.
According to the Associated Press, the 64-year-old got out of the 40-yard pool that had been set up in Manhattan's Herald Square and said the feat was tougher than she had imagined. The Swim for Relief event prompted other people to dive in and do a few laps in the pool for the cause. Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte, who won two gold medals for the U.S. at the 2012 Olympics in London, hopped into the pool on Tuesday, approximately eight hours after Nyad had entered the water. Fitness personality and actor Richard Simmons was also one of the many who joined Nyad during the swim.
Nyad said in an ABC News report that she did the swim because she wanted to let victims of the storm know that a year later, people have not forgotten about them:
“It’s mainly to let the people know we haven’t forgotten about them. It’s a year later and it’s not on the front page of the newspaper, but those people [Sandy survivors] haven’t forgotten.”A month ago, Nyad had become the first person to complete the 53-mile swim from Cuba to Florida without a shark cage, a journey that took her 110 hours.