|Brunswick Corporation : Crestliner Provides Support Boat For "Swim For Their Sacrifice" Challenge|
"When Legacies Alive approached us about supporting this cause, we were immediately onboard," said Erin Streit, marketing coordinator for Crestliner. "Chris' swim represents many of the qualities we hold dear here at Crestliner - strength, determination, loyalty. Helping him complete a challenge for such an important cause is truly an honor."
Amy Garber, a Gold Star Family member from Brainerd, Minn., learned this summer of Chris' plan to swim the Mississippi. She felt strongly that he and his team would need a boat that was reliable, safe and had a presence on the water. Amy's friend connected her to Crestliner National Pro Team member Jason Durham, who then put her in touch with Erin at Crestliner. Before long, plans were underway for Crestliner to provide a boat especially for the cause.
The completed 2016 Crestliner VT 18 came packaged with a 115-hp Mercury® FourStroke engine and Karavan trailer. A large American flag and an Honor and Remember flag were fastened to the stern for extra visibility on the water.
"It has been an honor to be a part of this amazing journey, and Crestliner's contribution has meant so much," Amy said.
Chris began his swim on June 6, 2015, the anniversary of D-Day, at the headwaters of the Mississippi in Minnesota's Itasca State Park. His 2,552-mile journey will take about six months, with him swimming an average of 14 miles a day. Chris is currently in Arkansas, and plans to finish his swim in late November where the Mississippi meets the Gulf of Mexico. When he finishes his swim, Chris will become the first American to swim the length of the Mississippi.
To learn more about Legacies Alive and to track Crestliner's journey with Chris, visit LegaciesAlive.com, facebook.com/legaciesalive or facebook.com/crestlinerboats
Crestliner is a division of Brunswick Corporation, a leader in the recreational marine industry. www.brunswick.com
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Erin Streit