So we have one LOSTie who likes to quietly slide under the radar… and he does some pretty cool swims… and he likes NYC… even though he’s from Barrie… or maybe because he’s from Barrie.

Manhattan Island Marathon Swim

Steve Faulkner, who gets down from Barrie to swim with us whenever he can is the quiet unassuming type… and a great swimmer and a quietly ambitious guy.  Steve has done a whole bunch of the NYC Swims (nycswims.org) and volunteered with them too.  Last year he crewed for an Aussie who swam the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim (MIMS)… and this year he is doing the 47k classic swim himself… in 2 weeks!!!

But before he does MIMS, he’s going down to NYC to do the Aquathlon… this is my kinda race… swimming and running!  Screw the bike.  😉  Check it out below.

Mauro's tat of Manhattan island... and Rob's tat from the Manhattan Island Marathon Swim too!

PS.  check out the video of my MIMS swim from 2 years ago under the “Videos” tab for more on MIMS… it’s an awesome race!

Good luck Steve!!!

Cheers,

Rob

Aquathlon and Swim This Weekend!

Aquathlon and Swim This Weekend!For all you triathletes, or swimmers who like to race them, this weekend’s Aquathlon and Swim is your kind of event! Come race this spectacular course and location just three weeks before the extremely popular NYC Triathlon, and gain valuable experience practicing open water swimming and race transitions.

This fun and challenging multi-sport event combines a 1.5-km swim in the water off Manhattan from Randall’s Island Park and a flat, fast, scenic shoreline 5-km run in the shadow of four bridges, and with breathtaking views of Hell Gate and the East River. Prefer just to swim? Enroll in the swim-only race on the same day or help out as a volunteer.

If you need to figure out how to get to the start or want to preview the swim and run courses, why not register to be part of the free NYCeWheels-sponsored preview bike tour tonight, Wednesday June 13? Bikes are provided. The ride starts at 6:00 PM on the Upper East Side, goes across the 103rd Street Footbridge and around Randall’s Island Park before heading back to Manhattan.

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I founded LOST Swimming because I like open water swimming and would like to see it grow and thrive in Lake Ontario. I started as a competitive swimmer as a kid and ended up getting as far as a silver medal at Nationals and going to the Olympic Trials in 1988. But I retired after that, I was sick of swimming. So I got into running marathons and have run over 35 to date, as well as a few ultra marathons, including the Marathon des Sables (7 day, ultra across the Sahara Desert). I also kind of fell into triathlons and have done a handful of Ironman tri's too. This gradually got me back in the water and in 2006 I took the plunge and attempted swimming the English Channel. I didn't quite make it across, but the circle was now complete and after 17 years I was a swimmer again! Although I still do plenty of pool swimming, I now much prefer open water swimming and like to say that open water swimming is to pool swimming, what trail running is to treadmill running! As a result I hope to encourage more people to join me for a dip in Lake Ontario as often as we can!

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