On Thursday, July 6, 2023, Chris Harris - investment banker, dad, and long-time competitive swimmer - will attempt a solo, ultra-marathon swim around Manhattan. It will benefit three very important charities: + POOL, Have Faith Haiti and Worldwide Orphans.
The swim will cover a distance of 28.5 miles and is one of the most grueling and challenging - but also one of the most exhilarating and iconic - tests any competitive swimmer can attempt. The race will begin in Battery Park City at 9:30 am ET and will last an entire day as he makes his way up the East River, across the Harlem River and down the Hudson. This swim is well-known to swimmers across the world as it comprises one of three legs of the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming (the other two are the English Channel and Catalina Channel).
Chris' lifetime passion for swimming and desire to make a positive impact on society has led him to take on this incredible challenge. The charitable partners he has chosen for this swim serve an important mission in their own right but also form deeply personal connections for him.
Why Have Faith Haiti
Chris’ mother, Guerda Harris (nee Marie-Jose Guerda Edeline), was born and raised in Haiti and was orphaned as a teenager. Through sheer providence and the courage and charity of people around her, she was given the tools to build a successful life and given safe passage and guardianship in the US.
Have Faith Haiti is a non-profit organization that provides education, healthcare, food, and other resources to children and families in some of the most impoverished areas of Haiti. The organization's mission is to break the cycle of poverty and give people the tools they need to create a brighter future for themselves and their communities. https://havefaithhaiti.org/