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Spartan Up! Swimmer Grace Van Der Byl Lives Her Life One Stroke at a Time

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Open-water swimmer Gracie Van Der Byl talks candidly about how she lives in the moment when she swims long distances. “Regardless of what comes, just keep going and take it one stroke at a time,” Van Der Byl tells Joe De Sena, Founder and CEO of Spartan Race, following a swim from Catalina Island to Swami’s Beach. How did she find the strength to finish — and win! — the 31st Annual Manhattan Island Marathon Swim, the longest annual swim race in the world? Van Der Byl believes the passion she has for the sport gives her all of the drive she needs. For more, watch the Podcast above. ABOUT SPARTAN UP! THE PODCAST: Every day, Joe De Sena, founder and CEO of…

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