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Kenneth H. Cooper MD, MPH


Ben Lecomte Mimics His Epic Cross- Pacific Swim at Cooper Aerobics Center

Media Contact: Lumbie Mlambo

News Release- November 1, 2011

For Immediate Release


Dallas, Texas (The Longest Swim) November 1, 2011 - Ben Lecomte, the first man to ever swim across the Atlantic Ocean, will mimic his next epic cross-Pacific swim with support from The Cooper Institute® at the Cooper Aerobics Center in Dallas at 11:00am CST on Saturday, November 12th. The event will allow Lecomte to interact and swim with those who have been affected by cancer.

“I want to relate with those who are suffering or who have suffered from cancer and this is one way I can be involved,” stated Lecomte. His journey aims to raise awareness and funds for cancer research, motivating others to share their story, follow their dreams and become a new world record holder in long distance swimming.
The actual Pacific Ocean swim starts on April 14, 2012 from Tokyo, Japan, and ends in San Francisco, California. Ben dedicates the cross-Pacific swim, as he dedicated the cross-Atlantic swim, to his father who, after an 18 month battle with colon cancer, lost his life in 1991.

A documentary series about Ben's epic swim across the Pacific Ocean is being developed by Ridgeline Entertainment’s two-time Emmy Award winning producer, Doug Stanley. Stanley has produced several highly successful programs, including the Discovery Channel's hit shows "Deadliest Catch", “Lobster Wars”, Animal Planet’s "Last American Cowboy" and the Country Music Channel’s "American Soldier." “The Longest Swim” will document the challenges, both anticipated and unforeseen, as Ben struggles against changing weather conditions, ocean creatures and exhaustion.

Ben is anticipating a five month journey and a 5,500 mile swim which will be the longest swim of his life. Completing this seemingly impossible task will make Ben the first person to ever swim across the Pacific Ocean, setting an unprecedented world record.

Ben will stay in contact with others through an array of high-tech gadgets. These devices include a microchip placed under Ben’s skin to transmit his location and vital signs, a special communication device that will permit him to maintain telephone contact with those on land and special eye-wear and speech recognition software that will allow Ben to communicate electronically.

About Ben Lecomte

Benoit “Ben” Lecomte, born in Les Bains, France, became the first man to ever swim across the Atlantic Ocean on September 25, 1998. Ben currently resides in Grand Prairie, Texas and recently graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington with a Masters in Architecture. Prior to that, Ben graduated from the University of Texas at San Antonio with a Bachelor in Business Administration, specializing in marketing. To learn more about Ben and his Pacific swim, visit

About The Cooper Institute®

Established in 1970 by Kenneth H. Cooper, MD, MPH, The Cooper Institute is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to preventive medicine research and education, housing one of the world’s largest databases on exercise and health. In early 2012, CI will launch to provide evidence-based education and tools for lifelong weight management to prevent cancer. The site will also offer reliable online continuing education for physicians and nurses to support their patients. For more information, visit

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