Please join us in supporting Bennett Blakeman, as he competes in a series of triathlons to raise awareness and funds to fight Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).
A Long Swim is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to fund research and raise awareness for Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). ALS is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects the function of the nerves and muscles. Over 6,000 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with ALS each year.
We invite you to join our team in the fight against ALS. In honor of Ellen’s 12-year battle against ALS, our goal is to raise $10,000. Be a part of the cure by donating or helping us spread the word through social media and your network by using #ALongSwim
Bennett and his brother, Brenten, lost their mother Ellen, this past February after a 12-year battle with ALS. Bennett is passionate about preserving her memory and impact through A Long Swim.
Bennett, the eldest son to A Long Swim co-founder Ellen McConnell Blakeman, debuted his triathlete career in the 2017 Chicago Triathlon. Though a newcomer, Bennett’s confidence, and determination are infectious.
Bennett’s passion for competitive racing developed through his parents, who ran several marathons throughout their career. Following the advice of his uncle, A Long Swim co-founder Doug McConnell, Bennett became involved in triathlons and open-water swimming. Bennett aspires to participate in a half-Ironman and the a full Ironman. Bennett’s remaining 2018 event is:
August 25-26 - Chicago Triathlon Triple Challenge
Founded by brother and sister team, Doug McConnell and Ellen McConnell Blakeman, A Long Swim has raised over $500,000 for collaborative ALS research by sponsoring swims of the English Channel, Tampa Bay, Catalina Channel, Manhattan Island and the Molokai Channel. Additionally, A Long Swim hosts an annual series of open-water swims, in which over 500 swimmers participated in 2017. The funds that A Long Swim raises supports ALS research conducted worldwide, led by the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago.