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Published July 21, 2012, 04:19 PM

Swimmers attempt a 27 mile swim up the Red River

Grand Forks, ND (WDAY TV) -- Swimmers from across the nation, and even from around the globe, geared up for what they all agreed would be the longest swim of their lives.

By: Melanie Orlins, WDAZ, WDAY

Grand Forks, ND (WDAY TV) -- Swimmers from across the nation, and even from around the globe, geared up for what they all agreed would be the longest swim of their lives.

About 20 swimmers, some solo, and others on relay teams are attempting a 27-mile swim up the Red River from Grand Forks to Oslo.

"One, GO!! (jumping in)"

Everyone has a strategy.

"Just do it, just jump off the boat and get it done."

Whether its wearing a wetsuit,

"nice day for a swim! (laughs)"

..or next to nothing.

Most just want to cross the finish line.

"I'm not planning on winning."

..and prove to themselves 27 miles is one hurdle they can handle.

Darren Miller: "It's definitely a challenge to swim for that period of time even if it is down a river, you're still swimming for 8, 10, 12 hours some of these people and that's a challenge in itself."

For some, the 27 miles just isn't enough. So Danny Projansky decided to swim butterfly ...the whole way.

Danny: "I breathe every stroke and I'm real limber."

Although he doesn't have quite the form Michael Phelps has, he says he has the endurance to last him the whole day.

"Im 100% still."

Projansky isn't the only one using triathlon and ironman experience to push through. Tobias Frenz flew 36 hours from Malaysia just to swim for 12.

Tobias Frenz: "just get so tired of running and cycling so I want to try something new and different."

Something he calls his weakness.

Frenz: "If I finish I'll be a happy man."

Finishing is everyone's goal, but just being motivated to try is what Darren Miller strives for.

Miller: "It's all about inspiring and motivating others to make the changes they want to see in the world so for me swimming is how I do that."

The race started at 7 this morning and there are still swimmers in the river right now finishing up. Water patrol will close the river at 9.

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