Ohio family skiing the Ohio River

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CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - A New Richmond, Ohio family who is skiing the entire length of the Ohio River made their way to Cincinnati Wednesday.

Mark Miller and his two sons, Mark Anthony, 18, and Brandon Rode, 15, arrived in the Queen City under cloudy skies and in murky water. It's the halfway point in their 981 mile journey.

"We're actually gonna work out, our harness is our fingers, so our hands are going to have a beating on this trip, so we're gonna have to take care of them at night to be ready for the next day," Mark Anthony Miller told WTAE in Pittsburgh before he left for his journey.

"A typical day is going to be about 150 to 160 miles skiing, which is about five hours, we will be slalom skiing going about 30 miles per hour, it will be a tag team effort so we'll rotate in and out of the boat," said Mark Miller.

A man from Crescent Springs was the only spectator on the Ohio side of the river who came to watch the Millers.

"It takes a lot to do that especially for the length," he said. "A lot of leg and arm strength, not harness."

After starting in Pittsburgh Sunday, the Millers plan to finish on Friday in Cairo, Illinois.

The Millers are doing this to raise money for the Disabled American Veterans.

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