And she is off!


Annaleise’s SPOT track just went live in NOTL – everyone send your best wishes her way for a safe a speedy swim to Toronto…

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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!


  1. Just saw coverage of the start of the swim on Toronto television news. Following Annaleise from the Bay of Quinte. Stay safe and strong. You can do it Anna !

  2. Annaleise it was a pleasure and honour meeting you, your family and crew today! You are so strong and we are lucky to be part of this great event. We wish you well and are cheering for you on every stroke you take.

  3. Loud cheers from Belmont, Annaleise!! Listened on the radio as you started your swim, and watching your progress on-line. This is SO cool!! You are one huge difference-maker!!! Way to go!!

  4. Annaleise we’re cheering for you in Waterloo! Congratulations! You have already accomplished an amazing feat raising money for Camp Trillium and attempting to cross the lake! Pretty awesome stuff! Keep an eye on Rob in the kayak beside you! We’re cheering for him too! Stay strong!
    Sandy and Kaye

  5. Swim Annaleise, swim! God once again calmed the waters for such a time as this.
    We in Miami are all behind you in thought and prayer. The Forbes

  6. We are and have been praying for you Annaleise. You are truly amazing to do this. Last night I couldn’t sleep and prayed for you as I thought you where in the water. Deb and Jeff you are also in our prayers. God is good!!!! Love and prayers Nellie

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