Big River Man in Oakville this Friday!!!


A year ago I posted the story about the new movie “Big River Man”, which you may have seen and if you haven’t, it’s worth it.  It is about Martin Strel and his adventures.  And he’s got some great adventures.

Now everyone has adventures, some big, some small.  I like to think I’ve had some great adventures: lots of amazing marathons and Ironman triathlons, the English Channel, running across the Sahara, swimming around Manhattan, but as crazy as those sound they are still in the real world. 

One could argue that all the big ones have been done: discover America: Chistopher Columbus, first man to the South Pole: Roald Amundsen, first man to walk on the moon: Neil Armstrong… and the first man to swim the Danube river, the Missisippi River, the Yangtze River and most famously the Amazon River?  Martin Strel.

And I’m thinking he’ll likely be the last person to swim these rivers too.  This guy is crazy.  Having said that, he has done some of the most remarkable and amazing open water swims that anyone has ever done… or likely will ever do.  So you are caught between the utter amazement of his athletic accomplishments… and reeling at his wrecklessness.  A very unusual guy to say the least.

Oh, and did I mention, he and his son, Borut, recently contacted me and are travelling the world talking about Martin’s incredible adventures and the swim camp/vacation they have started in Arizona (don’t worry the swim camp/vacation is a little more main stream!)… and they have agreed to come and speak to us in Oakville!

Martin will be bringing pictures and his colorful stories and making a special presentation for LOST Swimming this Friday, Feb 24 from 7-9 pm at OneHealth Fitness!!!  (formerly Revolution Fitness)… addmission is free!… but space is limited, so please RSVP to Madhu to reserve a spot, [email protected], … so why wouldn’t you go?!

Here is the link to One Health Fitness, (with a map):

This really will be like nothing you’ve seen before.



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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!