Maryland Blogger: Extraordinary Gaithersburg: Jim Clifford

Extraordinary Gaithersburg: Jim Clifford

Extraordinary Gaithersburg: Jim Clifford


Local attorney Jim Clifford was recognized at the October 19 Mayor and City Council meeting for achieving the Triple Crown of Open Water Swimming. He swam from the coast of California to Catalina Island, circumnavigated the island of Manhattan, and crossed the English Channel. He is the oldest person on record to have done so. Jim was the recipient of the City's 2009 Distinguished Friend of Gaithersburg Award, when he was honored for support of economic development initiatives in Gaithersburg, especially the revitalization of Olde Towne, and for his involvement with the Boy Scouts and the Montgomery County Agricultural Fair.

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Dahlia, Kentlands Photowalk, Photograph by Roy Kelley, Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Dahlia, Kentlands Photowalk, Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA IMG 5473
Photograph by Roy Kelley 
Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

Roy and Dolores Kelley Photographs

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Comment balloon 11 commentsRoy Kelley • October 23 2015 10:35AM


Thats amazing! How long did it take him to accomplish this and how many years ago was it?

Posted by David Shamansky, Creative, Aggressive & 560 FICO - OK, Colorado Mtg (US Mortgages - David Shamansky) about 4 years ago

Roy Kelley a great achievement for him to complete the 3 open water swimming events. Thanks for sharing another beautiful flower as well.

Posted by Ted Glover, ABR in Moultrie, Georgia 229-854-5422 (Alderman Classic Realty, LLC) about 4 years ago

Way he is some athlete. His accomplishments are well above and beyond the ordinary. 

Posted by Debbie Laity, Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO (Cedaredge Land Company) about 4 years ago

As a swimmer, I can fully appreciate the accomplishments of Jim Clifford.  Even on my best day, I wouldn't be able to swim the 27 miles to Catalina Island.  I contemplated it once, but that's all!

Posted by Myrl Jeffcoat, Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent (GreatWest Realty) about 4 years ago

Impressive feats Roy, thanks for introducing us to Jim Clifford and a few of his accomplishments.

Posted by Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671 (Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities) about 4 years ago

Good morning Roy. Nice shout out for Jim, always great to be recognized for his accomplishments.

Posted by Joe Petrowsky, Your Mortgage Consultant for Life (Mortgage Consultant, Right Trac Financial Group, Inc. NMLS # 2709) about 4 years ago

That's amazing Roy.  I didn't even know swimming from the coast of California to circumnavigate Catalina Island was possible.  That has to be close to 100 miles.

Posted by Gabe Sanders, Stuart Florida Real Estate (Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales) about 4 years ago

Thank you very much for your comments. It is always good to hear from you.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) about 4 years ago

Congrats to Jim Crawford. He is a true athlete.

Posted by Debbie Reynolds, Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent (Platinum Properties) about 4 years ago

Make it a habit to post a reblog every day. It is an easy way to pay it forward. And, you will earn more ActiveRain points with this practice.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 12 months ago

I am posting the blog photograph on my current Facebook timeline.

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) 12 months ago