The LOST Race

LOST Race, 2014!!!

LOST Race, 2014!!!

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The LOST Race is a fun and competitive 3.8 km (Ironman distance) in Oakville, Ontario, Canada.  It started in 2008 with just 8 swimmers… and now gets over 100 swimmers each year!  It is very scenic, safe and fun race.  The majority of participants are just regular swimmers that are up for a good challenge, but we always have some pretty amazing swimmers in the group too… tons of triathletes and Ironman especially, NCAA and Canadian Varsity swimmers, Olympians, people who have swum the English Channel, Around Manhattan Island, the length of Tampa Bay, Around Key West and of course, even a select few who have swum across Lake Ontario!  So join us for a fun morning splashing around in one of the best open water locations in the world… with a bunch of other fun LOSTies!

Starting in 2016 we also started “The LOST Mile”!  A bit shorter for those that haven’t worked up to the 3.8 km distance or a bit faster for those that want to do a 1 mile sprint!  Either way it is a lot of fun too!

Note that the start and finish if the LOST Mile is at the same location (Navy St Pier) and is a loop rather than a point-to-point race.



PS.  lots of information below… just keep scrolling!

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

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

The LOST Race & LOST Mile

  • Location: Lake Ontario near Oakville, Ontario, Canada
  • Date: the 2nd Saturday in August, every year
  • Start Location (LOST Race): from the foot of Maple Grove Drive, south of Lakeshore.
  • Finish Location (LOST Race):  the Navy Street Pier on Sixteen Mile Creek.
  • Start & Finish Location (LOST Mile): is the same location, as this is a loop course.  The Navy Street Pier on Sixteen Mile Creek.
  • Start Time: 8:00 am for the LOST Race… but you should be there at least about 60 minutes early to check in / register.  8:30 am for the LOST Mile.
  • 2 Distances: 3.8 km (2.4 mile)… & 1 Mile (1.6 km)
  • Water Conditions: the first 2 years were flat as glass, sunny and warm… but in 2010 it was warm, but very choppy!  Also the first year there was a current that we swam against, the second year we swam with the current and the third year it was hitting us from the side!  The water is almost always quite clear, and despite the common myth, Lake O is a very clean lake, particularly where we swim as the water circulates well.  Having said all that, this is open water swimming, there could be wind, waves, cold water, seaweed and fish, who knows?!… but that’s the fun of it, the challenge of the conditions.  There is rarely any seaweed or fish, but it’s cool when you see a fish or a turtle… but don’t worry, there are no fresh-water sharks… oh, and there are no lines on the bottom either.
  • Water Temperature: usually 60F – 70F or 16C – 21C.  The average over the first 9 years has been 67F/20C… but this is open water swimming… who knows!
    • 70F/21C and warmer – beautiful temp!  I would give guidelines for warmer, but where we swim in Lake O it never really gets above 75F/24C
    • 60F/15C – very comfortable in a wetsuit, you’ll have to be well trained to last very long at this temp naked.
    • 55F/13C – was the temp we got in 2015, “the cold year”!  We had to shorten the race to a 500m and a 1km race.  Too cold to safely go much further.
  • Wetsuit Rentals
    The water temperature in Lake Ontario is inconsistent and can range between 11-22C this time of year. If you want to rent a wetsuit you can at the following places: Enduro Sport or Running Free.
  • Divisions: the results are sorted 2 ways:
  1. Wetsuit and Naked Divisions (which is the “non-wetsuit” division, in case you were wondering!).
  2. Male and Female Divisions
  • The Global Swim Series: The LOST Race is one of the founding members of the Global Swim Series!  When you enter the LOST Race, you are automatically entered into the GSS, so you will have a Global Ranking!!!  Check out the website for more info!
  • Race Cancellation: in the unlikely event that we have to cancel the race for safety reasons (storms, water temperature, rough water conditions, etc) we will unfortunately not be able to provide refunds as all of our costs are paid upfront (insurance, timing system, swag, medals, permits, etc).  Naturally this would be our last choice, but we take the safety of our swimmers very seriously and is our top priority.
  • Safety: this is our top priority.  So if you find that we tend to err to the side of safety, this is why.  Realistically what this means is that if there is significant danger of any type we will cancel the race… or if we feel that for any reason you may not be able to safely complete the race, we will ask/tell you that you must abort the race.  Naturally we want you to be able to complete the race and we will try our best to accommodate you, however there is a 2 hour cut off... but… it is a rough cut off (for the LOST Race, the LOST Mile is at the discretion of the on-water crew).  Meaning that it depends on the conditions.  If it is a tough year and everyone is much slower, then we will take that into account, but by the same token if it is a rough year we may make the cut off shorter too.  Open water swimming is not an exact science, we balance: wanting to see you finish… with safety to make the call.


The LOST Race Results & Record Book

       All-Time Records


  1. Fastest ‘Overall’ – 44:55, Owen von Richter, 2013
  2. Fastest ‘Wetsuit – Man’: 44:55, Owen von Richter, 2013
  3. Fastest ‘Wetsuit – Woman’: 51:48, Lynn Rodgers,2013
  4. Fastest ‘Naked – Man’: 46:58, John Steadman, 2009
  5. Fastest ‘Naked – Woman’: 50:53, Elissa Gelleny, 2013


  1. Fastest ‘Overall’ – 24:08, Craig Ross, 2016
  2. Fastest ‘Wetsuit – Man’: 24:08, Craig Ross
  3.  Fastest ‘Wetsuit – Woman’: 31:27, Heather Winmill
  4.  Fastest ‘Naked – Man’: 24:37, Luis Escobar
  5.  Fastest ‘Naked – Woman’: 32:23, Sarah Gallagher

spectacular homes! (click to enlarge)

 Annual Division Winners 



  • Fastest ‘Wetsuit – Man’: 54:27, Geminio Grossi
  • Fastest ‘Wetsuit – Woman’: 57:57, Megan Dodge
  • Fastest ‘Naked – Man’: 52:29, Dylan Kent
  • Fastest ‘Naked – Woman’: 58:51, Lynn Rodgers


  • Fastest ‘Wetsuit – Man’: 24:08, Craig Ross
  • Fastest ‘Wetsuit – Woman’: 31:27, Heather Winmill
  • Fastest ‘Naked – Man’: 24:37, Luis Escobar
  • Fastest ‘Naked – Woman’: 32:23, Sarah Gallagher
  • LOST Race results (2016)

2015     1 km      (*shortened due to water temp, 55F/12C)

  • 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)

  • 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
  • LOST Race results (2015)



  • Fastest ‘Wetsuit – Man’: 44:55, Owen von Richter
  • Fastest ‘Wetsuit – Woman’: 51:48, Lynn Rodgers
  • Fastest ‘Naked – Man’: 53:14, Miguel Nascimento
  • Fastest ‘Naked – Woman’: 50:53, Elissa Gelleny
  • LOST Race results, (2013)



  • Fastest ‘Wetsuit – Man’: 50:51, Dylan Kent
  • Fastest ‘Wetsuit – Woman’: 57:05, Ayesha Rollinson
  • Fastest ‘Naked – Man’: 51:57, Reed Nerendorf
  • Fastest ‘Naked – Woman’: 1:03:18, Cathy Crawley
  • LOST Race results, (2012)

2012 Masters Swimming Canada 10K National Championship


  • Fastest ‘Wetsuit – Man’: 47:03, Bud Seawright
  • Fastest ‘Wetsuit – Woman’: 52:09, Lynn Rodgers
  • Fastest ‘Naked – Man’: 52:05, Andrew Taylor
  • Fastest ‘Naked – Woman’: 59:25, Carolina Lleras
  • LOST Race results, (2011)


  • Fastest ‘Wetsuit – Man’: 54:56, Andrew Taylor
  • Fastest ‘Wetsuit – Woman’: 59:37, Lynn Rodgers
  • Fastest ‘Naked – Man’: 51:45, Dylan Kent
  • Fastest ‘Naked – Woman’: 58:00, Lisa Neidrauer
  • LOST Race results, (2010) 


  • Fastest ‘Wetsuit – Man’: 46:05, Dylan Kent
  • Fastest ‘Wetsuit – Woman’: 59:30, Joanne Kent
  • Fastest ‘Naked – Man’: 46:58, John Steadman
  • Fastest ‘Naked – Woman’: 1:02:40, Maisey Kent
  • LOST Race results (2009)        


  • Fastest ‘Wetsuit – Man’: 49:00, Dylan Kent
  • Fastest ‘Wetsuit – Woman’: 55:00, Jenn Kerr
  • Fastest ‘Naked – Man’: 1:15:02, Rob Kent
  • Fastest ‘Naked – Woman’: no entrants
  • LOST Race results (2008)   

The Other Stats

Race Day Weather Records:

  • 2016, Aug 13 – 72F / 22C, perfect conditions, flat water, air 35C.  Stormed 2 hours later.
  • 2015, Aug 8 – 55F / 12C, the “Cold Year”. Shortened it to 1k & 500m. Pretty rough too.
  • 2014, Aug 9  – 67F / 20C, flat as a pool and a nice sunny day, not much current, air 26C
  • 2013, Aug 10 – 63F / 17C, flat as a pool and a nice sunny day, not much current, air 28C
  • 2012, Aug 11 – 73F / 23C, very rough, rain, strong negative current, overcast, air 25C
  • 2011, Aug 13 – 71F / 21C, flat water, slight positive current, overcast, air temp 24C
  • 2010, Aug 14 – 71F / 21C, very choppy, sunny, air temp 28C
  • 2009, Aug 15 – 70F / 21C, flat water, fairly strong positive current, sunny, air 28C
  • 2008, Aug 9 – 60F / 16C, small waves, overcast, air temp 22C

Number of Participants:

  • 2016 – LR – 114 swimmers – 73 wetsuit, 41 naked (36%)
  •           – LM – 55 swimmers – 38 wetsuit, 17 naked (31%)
  • total:          – 169 swimmers – 111 wetsuit, 58 naked (34%)
  • 2015 – 90 swimmers – 74 wetsuit, 16 naked (18%)
  • 2014 – 86 swimmers – 67 wetsuit, 19 naked (22%)
  • 2013 – 94 swimmers – 77 wetsuit, 17 naked (18%)
  • 2012 – 109 swimmers – 65 wetsuit, 44 naked (40%) (includes 10k Nat. Champs)
  • 2011 – 85 swimmers – 56 wetsuit, 29 naked (34%)
  • 2010 – 64 swimmers – 48 wetsuit, 16 naked (25%)
  • 2009 – 39 swimmers – 33 wetsuit, 6 naked (15%)
  • 2008 – 8 swimmers –  6 wetsuit, 2 naked (25%)

Pictures from various LOST Races…

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The "Cold Year", 55F / 12C! (shortened to 1k & 500m)

The “Cold Year”, 55F / 12C! (shortened to 1k & 500m)

LOST Race, 2014!!!

LOST Race, 2014!!!

The LOST Race 2013

The LOST Race 2013

LOST Race, 2011… 85 swimmers!!! (click to enlarge)

LOST Race, 2010… 64 swimmers! (click to enlarge)

The LOST Race, 2009

The LOST Race, 2009… 39 swimmers! (click to enlarge)

The Lost Race, 2008

The Lost Race, 2008… 8 swimmers!

2009, getting ready for the Start!

lining up for the start in 2010!

More beautiful estates… a view most people never see! (click to enlarge)

Sprint to the finish… you must touch the flag!!!

2008 Lost Race winner, Dylan Kent

2008 Lost Race winner, Dylan Kent

Maisey's hand-painted LOST Awards

Maisey’s hand-painted LOST Awards

85 swimmers… lining up to go! (2011)

Perfect conditions for swimmers… and support… flat and warm! (2011)

LOST Trophy and CNE pics

LOST Trophy and CNE pics

The 4 Champions: Ross Shepherd (1st overall & 1st male/wetsuit)... Beth Primrose (1st female/wetsuit)... William Leonard (1st male/naked)... Annaleise Carr (1st female/naked)

The 2014 Champions: Ross Shepherd (1st overall & 1st male/wetsuit)… Beth Primrose (1st female/wetsuit)… William Leonard (1st male/naked)… Annaleise Carr (1st female/naked)

CNE Race, #4, see original captions below, (click to enlarge)

CNE Race, #4, see original captions below, (click to enlarge)

CNE Race, #3, see original captions below, (click to enlarge)

CNE Race, #3, see original captions below, (click to enlarge)

CNE Race, #2, see original captions below, (click to enlarge)

CNE Race, #2, see original captions below, (click to enlarge)

CNE Race, #1, see original captions below, (click to enlarge)

CNE Race, #1, see original captions below, (click to enlarge)