The Caledon Quarry I Swim saw a record number of participants for the mid-week (Wed night) event. Race organizers made a decision to shift both their GSS events to mid-week slots. They banked on the notion that open water swimmers in the Toronto area with already almost fully booked race weekends would like a mid-week opportunity for a race.
Turns out the decision was a good one. Over 100 swimmers hit the water in races from 400m up to 10km. The evening included near perfect weather, pumped up music over the PA system, a great live BBQ and some great draw prizes from C3 Triathlon and Skechers.
The Dalbec Family led the day with Bailey Dalbec winning the 4km race overall (56:30), her younger sister Cassandra winning the 2km junior division (28:29) and their mother Lisa Morch winning the 50-54 category 2km race (35:58). Bob Hayes had the day’s most impressive swim with a 2hr 18 minute swim for the 10km mega distance on the day. Roberta Gjaltema had the women’s impressive 10km swim victory in 2hrs 55 minutes.
The closest swim race of the day was in the women’s 2km overall race where 2x World Triathlon Champion Kristen Marchant edged out Canada Summer Games Junior Triathlete Cassandra Dalbec by 10 seconds over 2km. George Milne was the day’s most experienced swimmer at 85 years old in the men’s 1km wetsuit division.
C3 Triathlon will be hosting a July version of the race on Wed night July 26th. The new mid-week format seems to have found a spot in the lives of the busy swimmers by allowing them to get a big race knocked off their schedule during the middle of the week and use it as good speed workout. Still time to register for the Wed July 26th event.
Sheephaven Bay Swim Takes Place this Weekend
After a couple busy weekends of racing this weekend allows GSS swimmers to focus on just one race. Heading over to Ireland we’ll have the Sheephaven Bay Swim. It’s already been a busy and competitive GSS season over in the Emerald Isle and this race we’ll be a great chance for swimmers to get some more points for their rankings.