Colleen… attempting to be the oldest to swim across Lake O!

So Colleen Shields is attempting to swim across Lake O even as I write this.  It appears that she left Niagara-on-the-Lake around 6:17 this morning… on her way to Marilyn Bell Park in Toronto.  She’s covered 4k in the first hour, thanks to the nice push from the ol’ Niagara River!  Small rollers, but it all looks good so far!

That is her goal, just to get across.  However, there are a few other interesting things to note about her swim… in completing her swim, she would be the oldest person to ever have swum the Lake, at 60 years old.  It would also be her 3rd successful Crossing… of the 53 people that have crossed Lake O, 8 people have done it twice… and the only one to have done it more than twice is Vicki Keith… who has crossed the Lake 6 times!  This would have Colleen as the second most Crossings ever!  And just to prove that it ain’t easy… I believe this will be her 7th attempt… and hopefully her 3rd success!

I will post updates here as they come in from her crew… and you can also follow her live on the SPOT tracker, by clicking on this link:

Rob, Annaleise, Madhu, Colleen, Michele & Francois… 2012 Lake O aspirants! (missing Amanda)




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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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