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VIDEO: Korgan sets world records paddling around Lake Tahoe


Grant Korgan Full Circle from HighFivesFoundation on Vimeo.

He paddled 14 hours 15 minutes and raised over $16,000 for injured athletes

World records were set when 38-year-old Grant Korgan paddled around Lake Tahoe through the night last week.

The 14 hour, 15 minute journey began at 5:40 pm on Wednesday, July 29. After circling Tahoe, he arrived where he started — at Waterman’s Landing in Carnelian Bay at 7:55 the next morning.

Korgan was accompanied through the circumnavigation of the lake by stand-up paddler Adam Freeman.

The goal of the trip was to raise money and awareness for Truckee-based High Fives Foundation and a campaign called “Full Circle.”

The foundation supports athletes who have had life-altering injuries.  Full Circle has raised more than $21,000.

Korgan is in recovery from a spinal cord injury he sustained in a snowmobiling accident. He has received support via grants from the High Fives Foundation to further his recovery.

“The amount of goodness that High Fives has put into my life has been game changing,” he said before he set off in an outrigger canoe. “There are athletes that are just starting their journey and athletes who have not yet started their recovery, and this today is about being able to empower the idea of supporting the next generation of people — of athletes — coming through life-altering injuries to recover to the point that they can bring their stories FULL CIRCLE.”

Circumnavigating Lake Tahoe set official Guinness World Records in these categories:

  • Fastest time for a spinal cord injured athlete to circumnavigate Lake Tahoe in a one-man outrigger canoe.
  • Fastest time to circumnavigate Lake Tahoe in a one-man outrigger canoe.
  • Fastest time to circumnavigate Lake Tahoe with human power.
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