Watch Ben Lecomte Swim 5,000 Miles for Ocean Pollution Awareness

‘The Swim’ documents Ben Lecomte’s longest swim distance yet — 5,000 miles.

Watch long-distance swimmer (and we mean long distance) Ben Lecomte swim 5,000 miles across the Pacific Ocean. The journey took Lacomte approximately 6 months, swimming from Tokyo to San Francisco.

The purpose of the feat was to raise awareness of ocean pollution, which he has been doing for a few years now. In 2019, Lecomte swam 300 nautical miles — 8 hours a day for about 3 months — through the Pacific Ocean’s Great Pacific Garbage Patch as part of that work.

Lecomte, a beast of a swimmer, is qualified for this type of insane attempt. As far back as 1998, he became the first man to swim across the Atlantic Ocean.

“The Swim” documentary following Lecomte’s attempt premiered this week on Discovery+. Learn more and watch the full documentary.

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Mary Murphy is the Managing Editor of GearJunkie and serves as the leader of Lola Digital Media’s DEI Committee.

She has been writing about hiking, running, climbing, camping, skiing, and more for seven years, and has been on staff at GearJunkie since 2019. Prior to that, Mary wrote for 5280 Magazine in Denver while working as an outdoor instructor teaching climbing, kayaking, paddleboarding, and mountain biking at Avid4Adventure. Based in Denver, Colorado, Murphy is an avid hiker, runner, backpacker, skier, yogi, and pack-paddleboarder.

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