Rob DeCou

Rob DeCou

Strait swimmer speaker for Studium Generale

PORT ANGELES — An athlete who swam the Strait of Juan de Fuca will present “Athlete with a Cause” during Peninsula College’s Studium Generale at 12:35 p.m. Thursday.

Rob DeCou’s free lecture will be in the Little Theater on the Port Angeles campus at 1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd. It also can be accessed through Zoom at The meeting ID is 897 7953 0051.

DeCou is an educator, entrepreneur and an ultra-endurance athlete who has pushed his limits “for the purpose of raising awareness and building community around important issues,” organizers said.

In 2020, DeCou became the seventh person to complete the world’s toughest ultra-triathlon, the “Uberman,” raising over $55,000 to fight human trafficking.

In 2019, he swam 31 miles across the Strait of Juan de Fuca from Port Angeles to Victoria in the cause of preventing trafficking.

In 2017, he completed the world’s toughest foot race, a 146-mile run across Death Valley to the top of Mount Whitney, raising over $700,000 for the Rotary’s global campaign, “End Polio Now.”

The prior year, he completed the solo “Race Across America,” known as the world’s toughest bicycle race — a 3,000-mile journey from coast to coast — to fund brain cancer research.

DeCou is also the Founder and CEO of Lux Virtual, a full-service digital marketing agency designed to illuminate ideas through video and animation storytelling, augmented reality, websites and social media content.

He serves as a tenure track business instructor at Peninsula College and is a member of the Nor’Wester Rotary Club.

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