Area man swims a mile for his 80th birthday, raises more than $4,000

SUN PRAIRIE, Wis. — For most people, swimming a mile for fun, might not be all that fun.

But for Jack Poulson’s 80th birthday, it’s all he wanted to do.

“So far I feel good,” Poulson told News 3 Now in the middle of his mile Sunday morning. “This is kind of normal, doing 20 laps is kind of regular, doing 36 is going to be a major challenge, but yeah, so far I feel good.”

But 36 laps is actually going back and forth 72 times; his daughter Amanda said if he was feeling good after 72, he would push for 80 — 80 laps for 80 years.

Poulson eventually finished his swim in under 1.5 hours.

His daughter said he swims 0.5 miles three times a week at the Sun Prairie YMCA, but to celebrate his milestone birthday, he decided to push for a mile.

To add extra motivation, Poulson set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for Porchlight, Inc., which works with people experiencing homelessness in Dane County.

Through the GoFundMe and private donations, Poulson said her dad raised more than $4,000.

If you would like, the page will remain up and collect donations for Porchlight.

Poulson celebrated his mile Sunday afternoon with cake.