BEVERLY HILLS—On Monday, May 8, author, motivational speaker, and long-distance swimmer Diana Nyad will join Mayor Lili Bosse on her weekly “Walk with the Mayor,” according to a press release by the City of Beverly Hills. Ms. Nyad is known for her inspirational messages and accomplishments as an extreme swimmer, especially her 111-mile swim from Cuba to Florida in 2013.
“We are thrilled to have Diana Nyad be a part of our #BHHealthyCity series! It’s going to definitely be an incredibly inspirational walk next week,” stated Mayor Lili Bosse.
Ms. Nyad is a founder of EverWalk, a movement that aims to “spark an epic revolution and get Americans outdoors and walking,” according to the website. Ms. Nyad and co-founder Bonnie Knolls wish to “create a nation of walkers” to reverse the negative effects of sedentary lifestyles. The “Walk with the Mayor” program ties in well with the EverWalk organization.
“This is what we’re doing here in Beverly Hills,” stated Mayor Bosse. “In our own way, we also are trying to change our culture and promote a more healthy lifestyle which includes walking.”
In September 2013, Ms. Nyad was the first person in the world to successfully swim 111 miles from Havana, Cuba to Key West, Florida nonstop, without the aid of a shark cage. She achieved the feat at 64, after 35 years and 4 previous failures. In 1975, she set the record for swimming 28 miles around Manhattan Island in under 8 hours. In 1979, she swam 102 miles from Bimini in the Bahamas to Juno Beach, Florida, setting a record for distance swimming.
Ms. Nyad is the author of four books, including her memoir, “Find a Way,” which was published in 2015. She is known for her perseverance and the messages she carried with her during her swim from Cuba to Florda.
“I have three messages,” she said after emerging from the water. “One is we should never, ever give up. Two is you never are too old to chase your dreams. Three is it looks like a solitary sport, but it’s a team.”
The Beverly Hills “Walk with the Mayor” takes place every Monday morning at 8:30 a.m. at City Hall, on the Crescent steps. The walks, part of Mayor Bosse’s “Healthy City” campaign, are open to the public. During the three- to four-mile walks, she encourages residents to share their thoughts and discuss issues.