Would you swim in the Chicago River? Long-distance swim proposed

In this July 26, 2013, photo kayakers move to the right side of the channel in the Chicago River as a tour boat passes by in Chicago. (AP Photo/Scott Eisen)

CHICAGO — A long-distance swimming event in the Chicago River has been proposed by a veteran outdoor swimmer.

Don Macdonald, who has guided swims around Manhattan Island and also participated in several urban swimming events, would like to swim from Ping Tom Park in Chinatown to the Main Stem of the Chicago River Downtown sometime this year.

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“In general we have proposed restarting the 1908 Illinois Athletic Club marathon river swim and began these discussions with the city and other regulating bodies,” Macdonald wrote in an email.

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