"Swimming is a way to quantify your life. You can see how you compare to what you did a year or two ago, or 20 or 30 years ago."
I swam in high school and college (under Doc Counsilman). After a 10 year break I found Masters and have been training and competing since 1976. The commitment has allowed me to improve to the point where I have set a bunch of FINA Masters World Records and was honored with induction into the International Masters Swimming Hall of Fame.
Swimming Hall of Fame Inductee
Rich was inducted into the International Masters Swimming Hall of Fame in 2010
3x World Master Swimmer of the Year
Rich has been making this prestigious list year for the past 7 consecutive years! There are only 6 men per year who make it.
Rich's fight with cancer led to him having his bladder removed, he bounced back stronger than before.
World Class Master Swimmer
BIO: RICHARD BURNS
I have been swimming Masters continuously for 45 years. While driven by the competition, I have seen the results of training's health benefits. A few years ago I battled bladder cancer. Doctors credited my fitness as a key to beating it. P2Life was a godsend through my recovery. I lost 20 pounds and the NutriBoost was my go-to meal through a long period of having no appetite. I like it, I trust it and I am sure it is a part of my athletic accomplishments.