Swimmer Completes 34-Mile Crossing of Lake Pend Oreille


Elaine Howley's route across Lake Pend Oreille. - KEOKEE PUBLISHING
  • Elaine Howley's route across Lake Pend Oreille.

Earlier this week, Cobweb readers learned about Elaine Howley, a Boston-based marathon swimmer planning to swim the length of Lake Pend Oreille. Well, the afternoon of July 31, she completed the 34-mile swim through the choppy waters of the North Idaho lake, the Coeur d'Alene Press reports.

"I think this takes the cake for [my hardest swim]," she told the Press.

Howley said the waters were "extremely choppy" for at least three hours of her more than 20-hour swim, and she was exhausted by the end of her effort, lying on the beach while friends used a towel to provide her with shade. She was able to walk to a pavilion where cake was being served to commemorate her achievement.

Howley's route across Lake Pend Oreille took her from Buttonhook Bay on the southern end of the lake to Sandpoint. She swam 34 miles in 20 hours, 25 minutes and 55 seconds, completing the feat just before 4:30 p.m.