Avram Iancu works as a librarian in Petrosani and has decided to undertake this marathon after reading a novel by Jules Verne,entitled the Danube Pilot.
Avram Iancu started his swimming marathon on June 20 in Donaueschingen, Germany and has swum 50 kilometres a day withou special gear.
The swimmer has had several successed in the past. For example, he was the first Romanian to ever cross the Channel on August 30, 2016 without wearing neopren suit. He did it in 17 hours and 54 minutes and swam 62 kilometres.
Before Avram Iancu two other individuals have swam across the Danube: Martin Strei, from Slovenia who swam 58 days while wearing a neopren suit and Mimi Huges in 90 days, also wearing a neopren suit.