Hello. My name is Kari Kastango. To raise awareness and support for the Connecticut River Conservancy (CRC), I am swimming the entire length (410 miles) of this vital river in stages. My plan for the 2020 season is swimming ~60 miles, from the Cornish-Windsor Bridge (NH) to ~4 miles above the Vernon Dam (VT), and a ~103-mile bike ride from South Hadley, MA to Windsor, NH. In 2019 I swam 80 miles including the entire Massachusetts portion of the Connecticut River.
Please cheer me on by supporting CRC via a donation here or a pledge-per-mile for this journey. You can also indicate how you would like your money to be used (advocacy, collaboration, education, restoration, recreation, unrestricted). To learn more about CRC, go to their website: ctriver.org.
I understand that this is a challenging time for many people. Whatever your immediate circumstances, please accept my best wishes for you, your family, and the days ahead.
I live in the Pioneer Valley with my wife Alison and two cats, Bumble and Winter). In my free time, I enjoy physical pursuits that are meditative in nature. I have completed two ultra-distance triathlons (Lake Placid Ironman 2010, Norseman Xtreme Triathlon 2012), multiple long distance bike rides (Boston-to-NY Aids Ride 1995, and several K-Rides in Western, MA) and the Boston Light Swim, twice, as part of a relay team, plus countless workouts in preparation for these and other events.
I wear 7 Norwegian coins around my neck, symbolizing community, when swimming (and now also biking along) the Connecticut River. They help motivate me to get out of bed on mornings when I would prefer to hit the alarm clock’s snooze button. I am enjoying the journey towards being able to say, “These 7 coins have traversed the entire Connecticut River.”
I am grateful for the tireless efforts of CRC in protecting our rivers for all of us. Please join me in supporting the work CRC does for the Connecticut River from source to sea!