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Kari’s Swim to Support CRC

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. The 2019 swim season consists of 53 miles, double of what I have swum to date, and allows me to complete the Massachusetts portion of the Connecticut River.

Please cheer me on by supporting the CRC via a donation 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:

About me:

I live in the Pioneer Valley with my wife Alison and two cats, Bumble and Winter. I am an alumnus of UMASS Amherst (’89,’92) and the University of Pittsburgh (’06).  I have also completed two ultra-distance triathlons (Lake Placid Ironman 2010, Norseman Xtreme Triathlon 2012). In my free time, I enjoy physical pursuits that are meditative in nature.

After moving from Sturbridge, MA in 2013, the lack of lake access in the immediate area shifted my energy from biking along the Connecticut River to swimming in it. When looking out onto the Connecticut River Valley from the Summit House atop Mount Holyoke in Hadley, MA, a tremendous sense of delight and connection to the river arises since I have swum the river as far as the eye can see. I am grateful for the tireless efforts of the 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!

Thank you!

PS: Does your company match employee donations? The information they need is here.

To make a donation, please go here.

  • $25 – tests 1 river sample for water quality
  • $50 – removes 60 lbs. of trash from our rivers
  • $100 – plants 10 healthy trees to restore river banks

To make a pledge, please go here.

  • $1/mile – tests 2 river samples for water quality
  • $3/mile – removes 190 lbs. of trash from our rivers
  • $5/mile – plants 26 healthy trees to restore river banks

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Kari’s Swim to Support CRC