The first LOST Swim of 2016… and the new “LOST Mile!”

The first LOST Swim of 2015... 60 swimmers, 50F... and the 10th year of LOST Swimming!!!

The first LOST Swim of 2015… 60 swimmers, 50F… and the 10th year of LOST Swimming!!!

Hello LOSTies!

First LOST Swim of 2010... 62F... 14 swimmers!

First LOST Swim of 2010… 62F… 14 swimmers!

Okay, I know I’ve been a little remiss in putting up posts over the winter.  I’d like to say that it was because I took a break from open water swimming over the winter, but of course, the opposite is true.  I’ve been working hard (along with my son, Dylan) on growing and developing the Global Swim Series, which we started last year.GSS Member badge 2016

That’s a whole other story, but essentially we have grown it from just a handful of Canadian races (it was known as the Canadian Open Water Swim Series the year before) and about 2,000 swimmers, to over 32,000 swimmers, in 61 races, in 17 countries including: Canada, USA, Mexico, Haiti, St Kitts & Nevis, Bermuda, Barbados, Brazil, Ireland, Spain, Austria, Greece, Russia, United Arab Emirates, Samoa, New Zealand and Australia.

So it has actually been a busy winter with open water swimming for us!

But now we are almost back to full circle and about to start the first LOST Swim of 2016!  There are a few crazies that have already been in (ie Loren and Juan, training for their Lake O Crossings this summer!), but for the rest of us “normal” crazies, the first Saturday in June is always the first big day… so that’s Saturday, June 4, 2016 at 8:00 am, at LOST Beach!

The Swim Around Key West gang in 2012!!!

The Swim Around Key West gang in 2012!!!

This should be an amazing summer, tons going on.  Like I said, there will be a few Lake O Crossings this summer, a few other marathon swims (Darren, Fannie and Jeff doing the 20k Swim Around Key West on June 4), and probably a few more swims that I have forgotten about, but rest assured I’ll keep you apprised as the summer goes on!

Speaking of new swims, I wanted to let you all know that this year for the 9th annual LOST Race on Aug 13, 2016 we will also be holding the first annual “LOST Mile”!  

Start at Maple Grove - Finish at Navy St Pier for LOST Race. Start/Finish at Navy St Pier for LOST Mile.

Start at Maple Grove – Finish at Navy St Pier for LOST Race.
Start/Finish at Navy St Pier for LOST Mile.

The 3.8k LOST Race will be exactly the same, however, after the start of the LOST Race at Maple Grove the race organizers will hustle down to the Navy St Pier (LOST Beach) and start The LOST Mile.  The LOST Mile will be a loop course, instead of the point-to-point route like the LOST Race.

I’ve wanted to add a shorter race for years, to allow more people to participate.  It’ll be perfect for anyone who hasn’t quite worked up to the 3.8 km distance but still wants to do a good solid open water distance race (1 mile = 1.6 km).

After we had to shortened the LOST Race last year  to 500m and 1k distances because of the cold water (55F/12C) we did realize a couple of things.  One, that we could offer a couple of distances at the same time, and two, that having a loop course near the finish was actually great for the spectators to watch the race.  And so the LOST Mile was born!

2015 LOST Race Winners

1 km      (*shortened due to water temp, 55F/12C)

Winners of the 1000m; Mens Naked: Loren King, Mens Wetsuit and first overall: Greg Streppel, Womens Wetsuit: Lynn Rogers, Womens Naked: Sara Nicholson

Winners of the 1000m; Mens Naked: Loren King, Mens Wetsuit and first overall: Greg Streppel, Womens Wetsuit: Lynn Rogers, Womens Naked: Sara Nicholson

· Fastest ‘Naked – Man’: 16:45, Loren King

· Fastest ‘Naked – Woman’: 18:20, Sara Nicholson

· Fastest ‘Wetsuit – Man’: 11:40, Greg Streppel

· Fastest ‘Wetsuit – Woman’: 16:24, Lynn Rodgers

LOST Race results (2015)

500 m   (*shortened due to water temp, 55F/12C)

Winners of the 500m: Mens Naked: Charles Bolduc, Womens Naked: Kristen Sanhueza, Womens Wetsuit: Lisa Pickering, Mens Wetsuit and first overall: Dylan Kent

Winners of the 500m: Mens Naked: Charles Bolduc, Womens Naked: Kristen Sanhueza, Womens Wetsuit: Lisa Pickering, Mens Wetsuit and first overall: Dylan Kent

· Fastest ‘Naked – Man’: 10:11, Charles Bolduc

· Fastest ‘Naked – Woman’: 9:27, Kristen Sanhueza

· Fastest ‘Wetsuit – Man’: 8:14, Dylan Kent

· Fastest ‘Wetsuit – Woman’: 11:13, Lisa Pickering

Well that’s it for now.  We’ve already had a ton of people sign up for LOST Swimming and the LOST Race.  We should have a logo up for the LOST Mile shortly too… so go ahead and register for another fun summer of open water swimming… and LOST coffee!

The LOST coffee mug!

The LOST coffee mug!

I look forward to seeing you all in the lake, wetsuit or… naked!  And I know I say this every year, but “this is going to be the best season of LOST Swimming ever!”.  Stay tuned for some very exciting news from GSS this summer too!  And I also have it under special advisement that there will be one or two Olympians that are joining LOST this year… this is going to be fun!

PS. I’ve been right about it every year too, because it does keep getting better!

PPS.  Yes, it’ll likely still be “a wee bit chilly” when we start… but we aren’t the only ones who swim in chilly water!  Enjoy…

Cheers,

Rob

 

 

About LOST Swimmer

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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