BAR HARBOR — With every stroke, Puranjot Kuran gets closer to a goal no one has reached.
Waking up at 5 a.m., she is ready to swim all the way around Mount Desert Island. She will be the first to do it
“Definitely kind of a combination between excitement and panic-a little bit of both. I think they are a similar feeling of the body. Lots of adrenaline so it’s exciting,” Kuran said.
According to Kuran, the estimated time for her journey is 24 hours
Kuran started the marathon at 7 a.m. Friday at Hadley Point then was set to make her way through Bar Harbor. Passing the Cranberry Island, then the sand bars at Bass Harbor, then back toward her starting point.
“I won’t really be stopping. Every 30 minutes I will stop and have a quick drink and something to eat just kind of treading water and floating in the water,” she said.
She will have a team of 30 people on two boats and kayaks to accompany her.
The farthest she ever swims to date was 12 miles
“Although this is a personal goal for myself, I’m hoping that you know, it’s inspiring to people and really helps to support the work that we’re doing in the community here,” she said.
Kuran’s swim is called Round the Rock 2020.
She is hoping to raise $50,000 to feed the hungry within the communities of Mount Desert Island.