East Granby man diving in head first for the cause

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NEW HARTFORD - He is a motivational speaker by trade but he is letting his actions do the talking.

Sixty-year-old Doug Comstock is about to attempt a swim across the English Channel to raise money for his charities. Comstock, who has three ironman triathlons to his credit, decided that for his 60th birthday he would do something special.

"It's something I've wanted to do for 20 years," Comstock said. "It was something I had on my bucket list so I decided this was the year."

He has been training, mostly in West Hill Lake in New Hartford, often six days a week.
Channel swimmer
Comstock has also been taking the plunge in a recycling bin filled with ice water to prepare for Channel waters that range in the 50 - 60 degree temperature range.

He expects it will take 15 - 20 hours to swim the 21-mile channel.

He said the swim is about going the extra mile for his charities: Foodshare and the East Granby Food Pantry.

"It's not about me," Comstock said, "It's about the people supporting me with emails and donations."
Channel swimmer
The goal is to raise $10,000 for his charities.

"This is an attempt to help people be inspired," he said.

Comstock leaves for England next week, and he will literally be testing the waters over the following days to pick the prime opportunity to swim in the least dangerous tides. Comstock will be followed by a boat with Marty McMahon aboard.

McMahon, from Simsbury,  swam in the English Channel in 1985 and has been serving as Comstock's open water swim coach.

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