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Solo swim from Sacramento to Tiburon commemorates 9/11

In this Oct. 1, 2014, photo, Kim Chambers swims at the wharf in San Francisco. Chambers became the first woman to swim the 30-mile stretch from the Farallon Islands to the Golden Gate Bridge. On Friday, Chambers set out on a 93-mile swim from Sacramento to Belvedere. She undertook the challenge to commemorate the 15th anniversary of 9/11.
In this Oct. 1, 2014, photo, Kim Chambers swims at the wharf in San Francisco. Chambers became the first woman to swim the 30-mile stretch from the Farallon Islands to the Golden Gate Bridge. On Friday, Chambers set out on a 93-mile swim from Sacramento to Belvedere. She undertook the challenge to commemorate the 15th anniversary of 9/11. San Francisco Chronicle via Associated Press

A San Francisco woman set out Friday on a 93-mile swim from Sacramento to Tiburon.

Kim Chambers, a member of Night Train Swimmers, is attempting what the group described as the longest solo swim recorded in California. She undertook the challenge to commemorate the 15th anniversary of 9/11. The swim is scheduled to conclude Sunday.

Chambers will use the Sacramento River and Steamboat Slough as she travels toward the San Francisco Bay, ending at the point of Tiburon, according to the Night Train Swimmers’ website. She and Night Train are teaming with Warrior Canine Connection to raise support for recovering veterans and their families.

Chambers will abide by English Channel rules prohibiting the use of a wetsuit and resting on a boat.

“Since my previous swims have mostly been in large bodies of water, this will be a completely different kind of challenge, mentally and physically,” Chambers said in a statement posted on the Night Train website.

This swim is three times longer than Chambers’ past swims, which have been attempted by multiple swimmers, and this one has no recorded solo attempt to date, according to organizers.

Night Train Swimmers is a 501 (C) (3) organization started in 2008 and currently has more than 40 open water swimmers, ranging from amateur to Olympic gold medalists. The organizations reports that it has raised more than $1.5 million for various causes and organizations such as Semper Fi, The Lighthouse Foundation and Baykeeper, and to teach underprivileged children how to swim.

Donations to support Chambers’ swim and fundraising effort can be made through the Night Train Swimmers website.

Pictures allow us to remember what we feel, and until you review the pictures from that horrific day and the weeks following, it's easy to forget what that day felt like. This is a reminder.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy

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