In an article for New York magazine’s The Cut, Jack Schlossberg, the son of former U.S. ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy, describes how he recently made his way around Manhattan on a stand-up paddleboard for charity.
“With beet juice pulsing through my veins and electrolytes and Gu packs strapped to my back, I took to the East River to begin the Sea Paddle, a 25-mile circumnavigation race around Manhattan,” Schlossberg, a matriculating Harvard Law student, wrote of the event that raises money for environmental preservation and autism advocacy groups.
Schlossberg said he signed up for the race because he “thought it sounded cool,” and figured, “How hard could it be?”
But despite his training for the event, which began underneath the Brooklyn Bridge, Schlossberg got off to a rough start.
“Before the whistle blew, I accidentally fell in the river trying to make some adjustments to my board,” Schlossberg said, joking, “It’s true what they say: Nothing tastes quite like the East River.”
I paddled around Manhattan! It was really fun and I still can’t move my arms. I wrote about it here: https://t.co/SJeZCUxOnH
— Jack Schlossberg (@JBKSchlossberg) August 8, 2017
Schlossberg said he spent much of the race trying “desperately to catch up to three women half my height and weight — but I never came close.”
“This,” he wrote, was “a familiar feeling for a younger brother of two older sisters.” (Schlossberg’s sister Rose, 29, is an actress; his other sister Tatiana, 27, is a New York Times reporter covering climate change and the environment.)
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Ultimately, fueled by coffee, adrenaline and “Elvis hits blasting in my ears,” JFK’s grandson completed the Sea Paddle in just under five hours, finishing in eighth place in his division.
But according to fans on social media, Schlossberg’s participation in the race — not to mention his shirtless photos — was first-rate.
New crush! https://t.co/q0TrI2h1Ob
— Stella Bugbee (@stellabugbee) August 8, 2017
— Michelle Ruiz (@michelleruiz) August 8, 2017
Praise also poured in on Instagram, where Schlossberg shared photos from the race.
“Glad to hear it, you are my hero,” wrote one user.
“For charity, very nice,” said another.