What a race! The Bring on The Bay race day on July 14th this year was a smashing success hosting over 700 swimmers in the 3 km, and 1.5 km races. The race has continued to grow in popularity and you can see why especially with this year’s weather.
The weekend could not have had better conditions for the swim, it was perfect! The water was flat, there was light cloud cover, no wind, and the water temperature was ideal at 26 degrees Celsius.
Hosted at the beautiful Nepean Sailing club in Ottawa, Ontario, swimmers took off from the dock and headed to Britannia Yacht Club for the 3 km swim. Those who participated in the 1.5 km swim enjoyed the full downstream effect for their race as well starting at the half way point of the 3 km swim.Putting up some great times, in first place for the 3 km race was David Quirie in the time of 37:42 and Amelia Nielsen in the time of 40:07. Coming in first place in the 1.5 km for the women was Erin McRae with an impressive time of 24:02. First for the men was Conrad Stuntz in another fast time of 21:33.
One of the unique features of Bring on the Bay is the swim angel program. This program enables everyone the chance to participate by having an added level of security for those who need it. A swim angel is an individual who swims alongside a participant who is physically able to swim but who requires the company of another swimmer for safety. It has been a wonderful way to make the Bring on the Bay race accessible to all including those who may not be able to participate in other races.
In keeping with Bring on the Bay’s accessibility focus, the race is affiliated with Easter Seals Ontario. Registered participants in either race can fundraise for the charity that works to provide families from all backgrounds with accessibility equipment for individuals who have physical disabilities. Easter Seals also provides children with opportunities to attend summer camps at two different locations near Perth and London, Ontario.
We’re already looking forward to next year, but in the mean time, for more information about this year’s successful race and the impressive results please visit the Bring on the Bay website. For a look at the race day, check out one of the Bring on the Bay race videos here.