Samantha Cowen might be most well-known for her morning radio show, but it’s her latest swimming adventure that is making waves across social media!
Johannesburg, South Africa – On the 18th of July 2019 Samantha Cowen will be flying out of South Africa to Turkey to swim the Bosphorus Cross-Continental Swimming Race.
The Bosphorus Cross-Continental Swim is an open water swimming event between Europe and Asia held annually at Bosphorus, Istanbul, Turkey. Established in 1989, the event is organized by the Turkish Olympic Committee and sponsored by Samsung.
The arduous 6,5 km route starts at the Pier of Kanlıca, north of the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Bridge, in the Asian part of Istanbul, runs southwards, and finishes at Cemil Topuzlu Park in Kuruçeşme, north of the Bosphorus Bridge, in the European part of the city.
More than 2400 swimmers take part in the event, but only 1000 spaces are made available to foreigners from over 50 countries around the globe, which means space is very limited.
Cowen entered last year but never dreamed that she would make ‘the cut’.
“I got a place and have trained as hard and as much as I can to finish the 6.5km race within the 2-hour time limit. It’s been the scariest and most exciting of times and, according to my children, the most boring mommy has been for a long time.”
But the swim has a purpose, and the local radio personality is doing it to raise R67 000 for Mandela month. Cowen has self-funded the entire trip, and every cent raised will go towards the projects that her ‘Hot Cares’ initiative supports.
“I’m very scared as it will be my first international swim and a timed one at that. But if I can raise that money for Hot Cares, it’ll be worth everything. It’s been so bitterly cold this winter, and people are hungry and need warm clothes.”
“Thank you to everyone who has supported me so far! I truly couldn’t have done it without you.”
If you would like to donate to her cause, click here.