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Man Prepares for English Channel Challenge

Since 18-75, thousands have tried and hundreds have succeeded in swimming the English Channel.

Now, a Chicago area man is about to dip his toes in the water.

Doug McConnell, an investment banker, started swimming competitively at age seven.

He went on to be a star swimmer at the University of Illinois.

Lake Michigan is his training ground for his English Channel challenge.

His training secret?

Good old fashioned hard work.

"Six mornings a week, three to five miles a day and in as cold water as you can find. (You're training for?) The English Channel, in August."

McConnell's using his English Channel attempt as a fundraiser for medical research for Lou Gehrig's disease.

The disease claimed his father's life in 2006.

So far he's raised 35-thousand dollars.


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