After a very successful weekend in Ireland last week the Global Swim Series heads back to Ontario, Canada where we are set to have an action packed weekend featuring 2 brand new races!
Kicking the double header off on Saturday is the Mine Over Matter Swim at the Kelso Conservation area. This is a brand new race, but also part of the long established and highly successful XTERRA offroad triathlon series.
This year “MINE over MATTER” will offer it’s first ever Open water Swimming Event. In conjunction with the X-Terra triathlon there will be two fast open water races taking place in the Kelso Quarry that will give you points for the Global Swim Series. A great way to be prepared for your regular open water and triathlon season. The spring-fed, baby blue waters of the Kelso Quarry is sure to provide a spectacular course whether you are a seasoned athlete or first-timer. The great thing about this race is that it is in the Kelso Quarry, not the regular lake (so make sure you go to the right place!), as this is a special event and this lake isn’t normally open to the public! Great facility, nice and close and something quite literally off the beaten track!
Then on Sunday in Lake Erie we have the RE7 North Shore Challenge Swim for Camp Trillium. This race has gotten a huge amount of hype lately and looks to be an amazing race!
The race is the idea of local marathon swimmers Josh Reid and Annaleise Carr. Their vision is to bring the first ever Global Swim Series race on Lake Erie to Norfolk County to celebrate what is becoming an ever popular sport, not just in Canada and the world, but right here in Norfolk! It is also an opportunity for Annaleise to continue her fundraising adventures for Camp Trillium, Rainbow Lake, a summer camp for children and families affected by cancer, located in Waterford, ON, as all profit from this event will go toward the camp through “Annaleise’s Radical Crossings”!
Events available are 3.8km (standard), 1.5km (sprint), and a 750m geared toward younger and novice open water swimmers. The focal point (and end point of every race) will be in Turkey Point, just west of the designated/buoyed swim area in the Turkey Point Provincial Park. The start point for the 3.8km is to be the beach in Normandale. Each event will have wetsuit and non-wetsuit, or “naked” divisions.
With all the hype and excitement surrounding this event there should be some great competition and we’ve heard from race directors that there will be a number of “celebrity swimmers” at this event. (GSS has also even heard a rumor that our defending series champion Bill Leonard also might make his season debut this weekend).
With over $2000 in prizes to be won, a charity BBQ, musicians, and an event for every skill level, this event promises to be a highlight of your summer swim schedule! Come jump in a (Great) Lake!