Posted: October 3, 2018 at 5:38 pm

On September 28-29, 2018, Swim Guide, Lake Ontario Waterkeeper, and Watermark Project were fortunate to attend Great Lakes Open Water Adventures and Great Lakes Trust’s 24-hour Open Water Relay Swim event.

Photo by GLOW Adventures

The now annual event took place in Oakville, Ontario along the shores of beautiful Lake Ontario. Over 80 recreational water users got on, in, or near the water for 24 straight hours. Anyone who knows a thing or two about Ontario in late September knows this is no easy feat. Temperatures dropped into single digits overnight, with the water temperature ranging between 15-18 degrees celsius.

The aim of the event was simple. Have at least one person, or a team of people, on, in, or near the water for 24 straight hours. Participants could swim, paddle, or even pick up garbage along the shore if they preferred to stay warm. Not trying to break any records or make headlines, this event was all about building community, celebrating the Great Lakes, and promoting swimmable, drinkable, fishable waters.

Two Swim Drink Fish ambassadors were heavily involved in organizing and running the event. Madhu Nagaraja and Loren King, both accomplished world class open water swimmers, continue to be tireless in their efforts to promote the Swim Drink Fish movement. Mauro Campanelli, another avid Lake Ontario open water swimmer, was the Swim Director for the event. At the end of the event, they presented Swim Drink Fish with a generous donation of $650, helping to fund core programs like Swim Guide, Lake Ontario Waterkeeper, Great Lakes Guide, and Watermark Project.

We thank you and all those who attending for supporting and promoting Swim Drink Fish!

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