Please join us in supporting Brenten Blakeman in his effort to raise funds for A Long Swim, a non-profit that funds collaborative research to find a cure for ALS. Throughout the summer, he will be competing in a series in triathlons.
Brenten, the youngest son to A Long Swim co-founder Ellen McConnell Blakeman, debuted his triathlete career on June 10 of this year at the Batavia Triathlon. Though a newcomer, Brenten’s positive attitude and perseverance have been a product of support and guidance from his older brother Bennett and uncle Doug McConnell, who has completed the Triple Crown of open water swimming.
Brenten was introduced to competitive racing through his parents, who each ran several marathons throughout their career. Following in the footsteps of his brother, Brenten began his triathlon training earlier this year after being challenged and encouraged by his uncle and brother, who completed the 2017 Chicago Triathlon.
The Blakeman brothers lost their mother Ellen this past February after a 12-year battle with ALS. Brenten is passionate about preserving her memory and carrying on her unyielding dedication to A Long Swim.
A Long Swim is honored to have support from the Blakeman sons as we launch our Sponsored Triathlete program. Indeed, “It’s always been about Ellen.”
Brenten's remaining 2018 events will consist of:
July 8 - Lake Zurich Triathlon
August 26 - Chicago Triathlon
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 are directed to ALS research conducted worldwide, led by the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago.