And they are off!!!
And they are off!!!

Sometimes when I write these posts I have to be a little creative to try and convey the fun we had at a specific event or swim, because it man not seem immediately obvious that swimming in cold water, or rough water, or cold and rough water would be as much fun as it is.  This event, however, was not one of those events.

It was a lot more fun to spectate THIS running race!
It was a lot more fun to spectate THIS running race!

It was just as much fun as it looks like it was.

The first and second beers are fun...
The first and second beers are fun…
... the third and fourth... a bit more "challenging"!
… the third and fourth… a bit more “challenging”!

This was the second year of the LOST/CR’s Beer Mile rivalry.  Swimmers vs Runners.  And we LOSTies held onto the title again!

Here are some interesting facts:

  1. Winning time was 3 seconds faster this year than last year… 7:12
  2. Slowest time was 15:08 this year, vs 24:51 last year
  3. One more competitor this year… at 18
  4. 9 LOSTies, 9 CR’s
  5. 9 of top 11 were LOSTies
  6. most popular beer: Canadian (3), Budweiser (2), Cameron’s (2), Keith’s (2)
  7. 11 runner’s under the the “Miracle (Beer) Mile” time of 10 minutes… (only 4 last year)
  8. best costumes: Elvis (CR), The Wrestler (CR), Caitlyn Jenner (LOST), The Skirt (CR)
  9. 2 women in 2014… and two different women in 2015
  10. Even more beers were had at O’Finns after the race!

Ya, the pictures pretty much tell it all.  It was fun.  A lot of fun.  And as I said at the time, I think the spectators had as much fun as the runners!

Special thanks to Mauro, Darren, Andrea for organizing!

See you all next year… have fun training over the next 364 days!



The Wrestler (Ted)
The Wrestler (Ted)
Elvis (Russell)
Elvis (Russell)
The LOST Boys (and girls?!)
The LOST Boys (and girls?!)
Connor's Runner's Boys and Girls!
Connor’s Runner’s Boys and Girls!
... and a couple of beers to celebrate the Beer Mile!
… and a couple of beers to celebrate the Beer Mile!

2015 results 2014 results


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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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