Girls with grit: Katie Spotz’s journey across the Atlantic Ocean

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CLEVELAND - It took her 70 days and she traveled more than 3,000 miles, but Katie Spotz finally completed her journey across the Atlantic and it was all for a good cause.

"I learned you can only hold on to fear for so long."

The Mentor native was only 22 when she went on a quest to become the youngest person to row across the Atlantic Ocean alone.

"I will either row this ocean or I will spend the rest of my life wondering, regretting and saying 'what if?' A life of regret was too much for me to carry."

She hopped in her row boat on January 3, 2010 from South Africa. She was rowing to raise money to provide clean drinking water to those in need.

She had filled her boat with 500,000 calories. There were freeze-dried meals, energy bars and tons of chocolate.

"I had 300 chocolate bars."

Katie documented her entire journey, seeing dolphins, turtles and sharks along the way. She even thinks she saw a few pirates.

On March 14, 2010, she was met by her family in South America. "It was very emotional, very overwhelming."

Katie raised more than 150,000 dollars for her cause.

She even wrote a book about her journey and speaks to thousands of school children each year.

For more information about her book, Just Keep Rowing, CLICK HERE.

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