Join us for An Evening with Diana Nyad.
At the age of 64, in her fifth and final attempt, Diana Nyad successfully fulfilled her lifelong dream of completing the 110-mile swim from Cuba to Florida. Upon completing her grueling 53-hour journey, a breathless Nyad told the world, “I have three messages. One is we should never ever give up. Two is you are never too old to chase your dreams. And three is it looks like a solitary sport, but it takes a team.”
In July of 2010, at the age of 60, she began her “Xtreme Dream” quest of swimming from Cuba to Florida, a task she had failed to finish thirty years previously. When asked her motivation, she replied, “Because I’d like to prove to the other 60-year-olds that it is never too late to start your dreams.” Nyad was unsuccessful in her quest in 2010 and tried two more times 2011 and 2012 before completing the historic swim in 2013.
Back in the 1970’s, Nyad was the greatest long-distance swimmer in the world. Her world records, such as circling Manhattan Island and crossing the 102.5 miles between the Bahamas and Florida, have led to inductions to many Halls of Fame, such as the International Women’s Sports Hall of Fame.
Nyad became a prominent sports broadcaster, filing compelling reports for NPR, ABC’s Wide World of Sports, Fox Sports, and The New York Times.
In her memoir, Find a Way, Diana weaves a unique, passionate story of this heroic adventure and the extraordinary life experiences that have served to carve her unwavering spirit.
This special event is part of the Noreen L. Papa - Mothers: Live Your Life series and is co-sponsored by the Library, Books on the Common and Run Like a Mother 5K. Copies of Find a Way will be available for sale and signing at the event.
Tickets are $5, which can be used as a credit off the purchase price of one copy (per person) of Find a Way. To purchase tickets click here.
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