Hey LOSTies,

So LOST swimming has finished for the season, but there is still one more good swim left… and it is tomorrow in Caledon!!!

For those of you who didn’t swim the first Caledon Quarry race at the beginning of the year, it is a great place to swim.  The Quarry is clean and clear and the course is clearly marked.  Also it’s cheap, fun and good value!  (Only $20!!!)  Check out the details below… see you there!

Oh ya… and I’m sure the big question is… “what’s the water temp?”  Don’t worry, it’s a very toast 62-63F… and it’s supposed to be a nice sunny day tomorrow too, about 23-24C (don’t ask me why I quote air temp in C and water temp in F!)  And don’t worry, that water temp came from Barrie Shepley… I took no liberties with rounding!


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Unlike most of the summer, Saturday maybe the nicest day in a month.  Weather gods are talking about sunny and 23-24c for Saturday’s Klean Athlete Caledon Quarry  Swiims.  Race organizers are going with a 1k, 2k, & 4k open water swim (wetsuit or non-wetsuit divisions – its your choice). Note for those who really want to get 5km in, we ask you to do 1km non-timed warmup before as your warmup, time it to be ready to go for 12 noon swim (for the 4km).  Those who are in the 1k and 2k swims, you will go off at 12:30pm.  The post-race BBQ & Social all occur immediately as you come out of the water.   If you have already registered, we are excited to see you there. If you have not registered, we ask you to do so in the next 24 hours so organizers can have the data into the computer for timing and efficient planning/food.  C3 members who have not registered, the event is included in your 2014 membership, but you need to email [email protected] to be pre-registered.  For those who are not 2014 C3 members, we ask that you register online in advance at http://www.personalbest.ca/workouts-events-camps/weekly-workouts/83-caledon-quarry-swim


For those who don’t want to swim on Saturday, why not consider coming out and paddling around or having a burger and cheering on your pals.  The day’s agenda is the following:

*     8:30am optional bike ride from Inglewood Arena with C3 coaches
*     11am gates opening at the quarry for registration for swimmers
*     12pm 4km swimmers starting in one group (4 x 1km loop)
*     12:30pm all 1k, and 2k swimmers starting at once (1 or 2 loops)
*      Post race social BBQ when your done.

Note that the swim is a 1km rectangle (400m long x 100m wide) with 1 loop = 1km.  Its very safe, clean water, and great for viewing.


Our focus is fun & family.   Everyone will be equally eligible for post-race prizes based on participation.  Miguel, Rob and the Canadian Open Water Swim Series (COWSS) will be giving you ranking points in the specific race (1k, 2k, 4k) and categories (male/female and wetsuit-non-wetsuit).   Everyone who jumps into the water will be eligible for the overall draw prizes.


All participants will be welcome to the post-race BBQ.  Additionally, C3 members have the BBQ as a part of their 2014 membership (so stop in even if your not racing on Saturday).   There will be food available for  non-participating friends and family to purchase from the Lions Club Food Booth.


C3 James Dick Quarry is on Hwy 10 (Hurontario) 1km south of Caledon Village.  For many, you will likely come up Hwy 410 (keeping going north as Hwy 410 will turn into Hwy 10 / Hurontario).  Come north of Old Baseline, up the big hill and through the set of lights.  The quarry is on the right hand (east) side of Hurontario.  You will see the C3 sign, hanging on the fence as you pull into the parking lot.  We have a big grass field up top looking over the quarry for you to park.  James Dick Quarry is 17847 Hurontario St. (Hwy 10), Caledon
Located on the James Dick Concrete property on the East side of Hwy 10, 500m south of the Caledon Fair Grounds.


All participants will be welcome to wear wetsuit, or not wear wetsuits.  PB has a limited number of wetsuits to borrow on race day.  We are asking any of you who have a second, old wetsuit at home, to email [email protected] if you could bring it with you for someone to wear.  Water temperatures are in the lower 60’s.  Some have swam without wetsuits this week and were fine, but obviously every person reacts differently to cooler temperatures.  If you know that cooler conditions DO NOT BOTHER YOU, your fine. If you know that cooler conditions do bother you, then we encourage you to try to find a wetsuit (or hopefully we have one for you on Saturday morning).  If you have a canoe/kayak family or friend who wants to come out and paddle, we would love to have them. The more boats the better.

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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!