Harboring a Superstar

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For most, spotting Duluth's iconic Lift Bridge from I-35 signifies a return to the Zenith City, but Bulldog Jared Munch stands apart from the masses.

Jared put a historic twist on homecomings this week when he propelled himself under the Lift Bridge after spending most of the summer doing something nobody else has done: circumnavigating Lake Superior on a stand-up paddle board.

Why? "It’s a passion for Minnesota and passion for pushing myself in the outdoors. This is what I’ve found and I like it,” Jared explained before his trip began in May. At that time, there were a lot of unknowns, a big one being the weather. After spending 49 days paddle boarding clockwise about 1,350 miles around Lake Superior, he safety crossed the finish line filled with family, friends, and fans on July 29.

Now the fifth year Civil Engineering major has a few weeks to relax before school starts and gain back the 15 pounds that he lost on his exhibition. The Wisconsin native says he's craving, no surprise, cheese curds.

Jared Munch arriving in Duluth
Jared Munch arrives in Duluth
Jared Munch by Duluth's pier
UMD's Jared Much greets fans during his return to Duluth on July 29, 2015. Photos courtesy of the Duluth News Tribune's Bob King and Steve Kuchera.

The Duluth News Tribune interviewed Jared shortly after he came to shore. Read the story.

Jared raised money for Woodland Hills' Neighborhood Youth Services program on his trip- more information.


Story by Lori C. Melton, July 2015

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